Yemenia 626 reportedly crashed on approach

Posted on 30. Jun, 2009 by in Featured

It is now being reported that IY 626 crashed on the turn to final during an instrument approach just prior to midnight. The approach plate shows a minimum altitude of 3000 feet until intercepting the glideslope for runway 02 at Monroni (HAH). Debris of the Airbus 310-300 was reported to have been found by a boat the next morning (Tuesday the 30th). There were no signs of survivors.

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  1. Rick 30 June 2009 at 07:04 #

    French air authorities reported “a number of faults” noted; high seas; 33 knot winds; possibly one survivor 5 year old child. Another Airbus down…very troubling.

  2. Rick 30 June 2009 at 09:12 #

    Confused here a bit. The approach plate you posted showed ILS only on RWY 2; the article said he was turning final for RWY 20…which would make sense with the wind speed and direction indicated. If he was really turning final to 2, he would have done it with a 33knot tailwind…wouldn’t that be setting up conditions for (another) stall?

  3. Chip 30 June 2009 at 09:24 #

    Hi Rick;
    The info today is indeed saying 20, and that the aircraft went around once. I’m trying to find out if it was a back course approach, which would make it a non-precision and harder to shoot. That would explain the reported go around. The weather was not bad so I can only assume it was approach related, the 30+ knots was down the runway. There is a report out of the UK that the specific aircraft was blacklisted from France due to maintenance, so a mechanical is also a possibility. I’m trying to verify the report out of UK.

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