Thursday, December 08, 2005

Southwest Crash at Midway

Its too early to say yet whether the runway length at Midway was sufficient to land a 737 in today's conditions. This pdf gives you lending runway lengths for all 737 models, starting at about page 189/190. Without the exact weight of the plane at time of landing it is impossible to accurately calculate the length of runway needed, even if the pilot hit the numbers (landed at the very beginning of the runway. For those interested, here are the technical specs for all of Midway (KMDW - airport identifier).

This crash has all the markings of "Pilot Error" which is FAA/NTSB short hand for the pilot made a bad decision.


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