Easyjet A319 at Bristol on May 13th 2015, descended below safe height

Last Update: May 27, 2015 / 14:58:05 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 13, 2015

Classification
Incident

Airline
Easyjet

Flight number
U2-408

Aircraft Registration
G-EZDN

Aircraft Type
Airbus A319

ICAO Type Designator
A319

Airport ICAO Code
EGGD

An Easyjet Airbus A319-100, registration G-EZDN performing flight U2-408 from Glasgow,SC to Bristol,EN (UK) with 105 people on board, was on approach to Bristol's runway 27 when still on the base leg the aircraft descended to about 900 feet MSL (300 feet above aerodrome level, 600 feet AGL) about 4nm before touchdown at 22:33L (21:33Z). The crew initiated a go around, overflew the aerodrome, joined a left hand downwind and landed safely on runway 27 about 10 minutes later.

The French BEA reported in their weekly bulletin, that the United Kingdom's AAIB rated the occurrence a serious incident and opened an investigation stating: "On final visual approach to Bristol Airport, crew became disorientated and descended. Aircraft missed approach and then landed safely off ILS approach."

Bristol Airport is not only well known for its "banana shaped" runway but also for its position on top of a hill over the city. One of the tower controllers at Bristol Airport was famous for his advisory to arriving aircraft: "Be advised, there is cloud BELOW the aerodrome level!"

Metars:
EGGD 132350Z 09006KT CAVOK 07/05 Q1014
EGGD 132320Z 11007KT CAVOK 10/06 Q1015
EGGD 132250Z 10003KT CAVOK 10/06 Q1015
EGGD 132220Z VRB02KT CAVOK 10/06 Q1015
EGGD 132150Z 15003KT CAVOK 11/06 Q1015
EGGD 132120Z 15004KT CAVOK 11/05 Q1015
EGGD 132050Z 09008KT CAVOK 10/03 Q1015
EGGD 132020Z 08005KT CAVOK 10/03 Q1015
EGGD 131950Z 08005KT CAVOK 11/04 Q1015
EGGD 131920Z 08005KT CAVOK 13/04 Q1015
EGGD 131850Z 08006KT CAVOK 14/04 Q1015
EGGD 131820Z 09008KT CAVOK 15/04 Q1015
EGGD 131750Z 13005KT 100V160 CAVOK 16/02 Q1015
Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 13, 2015

Classification
Incident

Airline
Easyjet

Flight number
U2-408

Aircraft Registration
G-EZDN

Aircraft Type
Airbus A319

ICAO Type Designator
A319

Airport ICAO Code
EGGD

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