France A320 at Point a Pitre on Feb 10th 2022, loss of visual reference in visual approach, minimum safe altitude warning

Last Update: February 17, 2022 / 16:47:23 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Feb 10, 2022

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air France

Flight number
AF-605

Aircraft Registration
F-HEPB

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

Airport ICAO Code
TFFR

An Air France Airbus A320-200, registration F-HEPB performing flight AF-605 from Fort de France (Martinique) to Pointe-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe), was on visual approach to Pointe-a-Pitre's runway 12 in a right hand base when the captain lost visual reference of the airport due to a squall. The Minimum Safe Altitude Warning (MSAW) activated. The aircraft initiated a go around from about 450 feet, climbed to 3500 feet, positioned for another approach and landed safely on runway 12 about 20 minutes after the go around.

The French BEA reported the aircraft was on a right hand visual approach to runway 12 when on the base leg the captain lost visual sight of the runway due to a squall passing through. The MSAW activated. Coming out of the turn the aircraft was not aligned with the runway and went around. The French BEA rated the occurrence an incident and opened an investigation.

According to ADS-B data the aircraft was descending through 450 feet AGL (reaching a minimum of 425 feet AGL) when the aircraft went around. At that point the aircraft was still about 1nm off the extended runway center line and about 2.15nm from the runway threshold (measured along the extended runway centerline, 2.43nm direct line to the threshold) at a track of 100 degrees over the village of Destrellan.

Metars:
TFFR 110300Z AUTO 09010KT 9999 FEW031 BKN039 BKN052 23/22 Q1016 TEMPO 4000 SHRA SCT018TCU=
TFFR 110230Z AUTO 10008KT 9999 FEW013 BKN039 BKN047 23/22 Q1016 TEMPO 4000 SHRA SCT018TCU=
TFFR 110200Z AUTO 13004KT 9999 FEW018/// OVC080/// 23/22 Q1016 TEMPO 4000 SHRA SCT018TCU=
TFFR 110130Z AUTO 13006G17KT 100V160 9999 -RA SCT015 BKN022 BKN043 23/22 Q1016 TEMPO 4000 SHRA SCT018TCU=
TFFR 110100Z AUTO 10006KT 9999 FEW033 BKN044 BKN062 23/21 Q1015 TEMPO 4000 SHRA SCT018TCU=
TFFR 110030Z AUTO 11012KT 9999 FEW016 SCT031 BKN045 23/21 Q1015 TEMPO 4000 SHRA SCT018TCU=
TFFR 110000Z AUTO 10007KT 9999 FEW032 BKN060 BKN088 23/21 Q1015 TEMPO 3000 SHRA BKN018TCU=
TFFR 102330Z AUTO 09008KT 9999 FEW027 SCT034 OVC042 23/21 Q1015 TEMPO 3000 SHRA BKN018TCU=
TFFR 102300Z AUTO 08010KT 9999 FEW014 SCT040 BKN056 24/20 Q1014 TEMPO 3000 SHRA BKN018TCU=
TFFR 102230Z AUTO 08008KT 050V120 9999 FEW038 BKN046 BKN052 25/20 Q1014 TEMPO 3000 SHRA BKN018TCU=
TFFR 102200Z AUTO 07010KT 9999 -RA BKN036/// BKN047/// OVC068/// 26/21 Q1014 TEMPO 3000 SHRA BKN018TCU=
TFFR 102130Z AUTO 10008KT 070V130 9999 BKN035/// OVC056/// 27/19 Q1013 TEMPO 3000 SHRA BKN018TCU=
TFFR 102100Z AUTO 12010KT 9999 BKN037 BKN048 BKN060 27/19 Q1013 TEMPO 3000 SHRA BKN018TCU=
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Feb 10, 2022

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air France

Flight number
AF-605

Aircraft Registration
F-HEPB

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

Airport ICAO Code
TFFR

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