unstabilised approach

An unstabilized approach is an approach during which an aircraft does not maintain at least one of the following variables :

  • stable speed
  • descent rate
  • vertical/lateral flight path and in landing configuration

or receive a landing clearance by a certain altitude.

Unstabilized approaches account for most approach and landing accidents. For this reason, an approach should be stabilized by 1,000 feet (305 m) above runway altitude. Otherwise, a go-around should be executed by the pilot.

UPS – Airbus – A300-600 (N-155UP) flight UP1354

UPS – Airbus – A300-600 (N-155UP) flight UP1354

On August 14, 2013, about 0447 central daylight time (CDT), UPS flight UP1354 , an Airbus A300-600, N155UP, crashed short of runway 18 during a localizer non precision approach to runway 18 at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM), Birmingham, Alabama....

Qantas – Boeing – B747-438 (VH-OJH) flight QF1

Qantas – Boeing – B747-438 (VH-OJH) flight QF1

On 23 September 1999, at about 2247 local time, a Qantas Boeing 747-438 aircraft registered VH-OJH (callsign Qantas One) overran runway 21 Left (21L) while landing at Bangkok International Airport, Thailand. The overrun occurred after the aircraft landed long and...

Aviation accidents

An aviation accident is an incident in which an aircraft is damaged or destroyed as a result of a collision, fire, structural failure, or other event. Aviation accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, including mechanical failure, pilot error, adverse weather conditions, and sabotage. Aviation accidents can result in fatalities, injuries, and damage to property. 

Aviation incidents

An aviation incident is an occurrence, other than an accident, that affects or could affect the safety of aircraft operations. Examples of aviation incidents include near collisions, runway incursions, and unruly passenger incidents.

Aviation serious incidents

A serious incident in aviation refers to an event that could have resulted in an accident or that had the potential to cause serious injury or death. Some examples of serious incidents in aviation include engine failure, in-flight fires, and loss of control of the aircraft.

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