Signal Charlie

Dedicated to the continuous improvement of aerospace safety

NTSB Alert: Controlled Flight Into Terrain in Visual Conditions

leave a comment »

Recent NTSB investigations have identified several accidents that involved controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) by both instrument flight rules (IFR)-rated and visual flight rules (VFR) pilots operating under visual flight conditions at night in remote areas.

• In many of these cases, the pilots were in contact with air traffic control (ATC) at the time of the accident and receiving radar service.

• The pilots and controllers involved all appear to have been unaware that the aircraft were in danger.

• Increased altitude awareness and better preflight planning would likely have prevented all of these accidents.

Recent examples:

-A Learjet departed Brown Field, south of San Diego, California, and struck terrain while being radar vectored in a mountainous area east of the airport, resulting in three fatalities.

Read the NTSB Safety Alert

Fly Smart


Written by Clark

March 17, 2008 at 12:49 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: