/ Polish final report on Smoleńsk aircrash
Based on the experience of the crew, it would seem that they were used to flying approaches which relied on decision height and not decision altitude.
you would think adjusting the altimeter and essentially turning off TAWS, is a sure sign that they were reading the barometric meter. (white numbered dial)
"...fact that the airport wasnt in the database..."
1.8.2 Maps and approach charts
The crew had at their disposal approach charts of SMOLENSK NORTH, which were
copies of materials passed off to Polish Embassy in Moscow by the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of Russian Federation. On 09.04.2009, that outpost forwarded
said materials to the
Military Air Traffic Service Office of The Polish Armed Forces which passed them to the 36
According to a statement by an employee of the Polish Embassy in Moscow, made on 5.05.2010,
a representative of the Polish Dep. at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation informed on
05.04.2010 that procedures for the year 2010 are just like those from 2009.
what pilot would adjust one altimeter to turn off TAWs and not use the other? is this guy serious? and they knew the airport wasnt in the database?