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Operations. Captain Dave Kirchgessner. Operational Factors. Flight crew performance FedEx actions after accident. Flight Crew Performance. No flare, left crab, right of centerline Landing inconsistent with training Crosswind landing techniques and flare were trained and practiced.

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Operations

Captain Dave Kirchgessner


Operational Factors

  • Flight crew performance

  • FedEx actions after accident


Flight Crew Performance

  • No flare, left crab, right of centerline

  • Landing inconsistent with training

  • Crosswind landing techniques and flare were trained and practiced


Flight Crew Performance

  • Crosswinds within airplane / flight crew’s capabilities

  • FedEx flight training adequate


Flight Crew Performance

  • Operational factors

    • Fatigue

    • FAA pilot certification

    • FAA medical certification

    • Wind conditions

    • MD-11 / MD-10 differences


Flight Crew PerformanceFirst Officer’s History

  • Previous employer (1994)

    • Two proficiency checkride failures

    • FAA reexamination


Flight Crew PerformanceFirst Officer’s History

  • Hired by FedEx in 1996

  • MD-11 type rating in 1998

  • Two unsatisfactory proficiency checkrides

  • No deficiencies directly related to performance on day of accident


Flight Crew PerformanceCheck Airman’s Performance

  • Check airman and pilot-in-command

  • Responsibilities

    • Monitor First Officer’s performance

    • Ensure safe conduct of the flight


Flight Crew PerformanceCheck Airman’s Performance

  • MD-11 simulator

  • Replicated FDR data

  • Cockpit observations

    • Flight control inputs

    • Left crab

    • Drift

    • No flare


Flight Crew PerformanceCheck Airman’s Performance

  • Possible corrective actions

    • Verbal instruction

    • Command a go around

    • Take over flight controls

  • No corrective actions taken


FedEx Actions

  • Enhanced Oversight Program

    • Pilots requiring additional training

    • Pilots with unsatisfactory checkrides

      • Monitored for at least 1 year

      • Receive additional line checks


FedEx Actions

  • Monthly pilot reviews

  • Database

  • Vice President of Flight Operations involvement

  • Address and correct deficiencies


Summary

  • Poorly executed landing techniques

  • First Officer performance deficiencies

  • Captain’s inactions

  • Enhanced Oversight Program


SUMMARY

Programs that assess flight crewmember deficiencies are beneficial


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