Crossair Flight 3597

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1. Introduction 1.1 About the assignment In international air transportation, airline flight operations play a critical part in ensuring passengers and cargo arrive at their destinations safely and on time. Having seen Crossair flight 3597’s crash, the objective of this assignment is to analyse the factual information, causes of the crash and thus learn valuable lessons from the errors committed that led to the crash. 2. Facts of Crossair flight 3597 2.1 About Flight 3597 Crossair Flight 3597 was a scheduled flight from Berlin-Tegel, Germany to Zurich in Switzerland on 24 November 2001. 28 passengers, 3 flight attendants and 2 flight crew were on board. The commander was the Pilot Flying (PF) and the first officer is the Non-Pilot Flying (NPF) or the support role of monitoring and handling radio communications. 2.2 Approach type Events relevant to the accident started when Crossair flight 3597 received clearance to commence an approach to runway 28, Zurich Airport, at 20:58:50 UTC. At Zurich Airport, runway 28 was not equipped with an Instrument Landing System (ILS); the pilots must fly a non-precision or VOR/DME approach. The approach sector was not fitted with a minimum safe altitude warning system (MSAW) which triggers an alarm if a minimum safe altitude is violated. The range of the hills which the aircraft crashed into was missing on the approach chart used by the flight crew. 2.2 Weather The weather conditions, particularly runway visual range, was measured by the airport from a station distant from runway 28, thus did not accurately reflect the actual visibility. The flight ahead of Flight 3597 advised that the weather condition was near minimums- they were not visual with the runway until the very last m... ... middle of paper ... ... importance of flight crew training, especially CRM and aviation discipline, as well as flight crew scheduling. Crossair’s training department should have administered skill tests on pilots. Even the most routine procedures and most basic standards must be carried out with care and concentration because safety is in everyone’s hands and there is no room for mistakes in the entire flight operations. 5. References 1. AVIATION SAFETY NETWORK. (2004). Accident description. Retrieved 26 September, 2011 from: 2. AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION BUREAU. (2004). Final report no. 1793 by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau. Payerne, Switzerland: Author. 3. 4.

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