SEAir A320 at Kalibo on Aug 26th 2013, runway excursion during backtrack
Last Update: August 17, 2018 / 14:25:34 GMT/Zulu time
The runway and airport was closed for about 5 hours until the passengers had disembarked and the aircraft had been towed back onto paved surface and to the apron.
The flight was cancelled.
A passenger reported, that after the aircraft came to a stop the pilots increased thrust a number of times and returned the engines to idle again, obviously in an attempt to steer the aircraft out of the mud. The nose wheels however just digged in and were deflected by about 80 degrees to the right when the passenger left the aircraft.
No Metars are available, starting about 3 hours prior to the occurrence the local weather station reported light rain until after the occurrence, the runway was wet at the time of the occurrence.
The Civil Aviation Authority Philippines (CAAP) released their final summary report concluding the probable causes of the incident were:
Primary Cause Factor
Inadequate pilot knowledge and skill in 180 degrees taxiing turn. Human Factor.
The PIC performed the 180 degrees taxiing turn from the right of the runway turning left and maintained 45 degrees of divergence from the runway axis instead of 25 degrees divergence angle based on Airbus Flight Crew Manual. The PIC maintained such 45 degrees angle in previous flight.
Inadequate pilot recurrency training on operations procedures (in-house and simulator).
The repeated wrong application of the PIC taxiing procedures (which was not given undue correction) despite the re-currency training being provided by the Service Provider every six (6) months.
Inadequate operations standards surveillance by the Service Provider and Regulatory Inspections.
There was no record of findings by the assigned POI related to inadequacy of training, knowledge and skills of aircrew.
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