Effects of the Crash on EATS

The Board of Enquiry made two quite significant recommendations: the first was that no EATS aircraft should overfly the Alps in “Instrument” weather conditions (i.e. below the visibility minima for visual flight conditions, and this includes night flights). We have no data to understand the logic behind this, but it may reflect doubts related to the amount of instrument flying training which EATS pilots were genuinely able to achieve, or might merely be a reaction to the fact that this particular flight attempted to cross the Alps in Instrument Met. Conditions and they were trying to make sure that no-one would be tempted into a similar error again. The second was perhaps even more significant: all EATS pilots must attend a week-long Flight Planning course concentrating on flying in inclement weather in the Mediterranean theatre. This seems to point to the Board’s suspicion that the pilots had not adhered to the route given in the Flight Plan, and that this was perhaps not uncommon in EATS flights. Everybody was going to have to do a “refresher course” just to get things back on track, and to make sure they thoroughly understood that Mediterranean weather can bite!

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