These were the headlines of the European news media yesterday.
A plane from Flybe with 62 passengers, flew from Cardiff (GB) to Paris (France). But due to fog, the plane returned to Britain.
The captain explained to the passengers that he wasn’t educated to land the aircraft.
For many people, this is enough information. But to understand that this isn’t a safety hazard, you have to know the aviation industry.
This is where it gets technical.
To begin, there are 3 types of instrument landings (ILS).
CAT I: Normal landing.
CAT II: Landing in bad wether, and
CAT III: Basicly landing blind.
Though the plane and airport were certified to do a CAT II landing, the pilot were new on the type, and therefore had not been trained for such yet.
This is nothing new, the technical data though, is normaly not informed to the passengers, because many people don’t understand the information and gets scared, for no reson at all.
At last, if you ever get scared or don’t understand information during flight, don’t panic (thats the worst thing you can do), just ask the crew. In most cases, they will explain you the details.