Emirates A388 at Manchester on Mar 26th 2016, FMS decides runways too short

Last Update: March 30, 2016 / 15:05:31 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Mar 26, 2016

Classification
Incident

Flight number
EK-19

Aircraft Registration
A6-EOP

Aircraft Type
Airbus A380-800

ICAO Type Designator
A388

An Emirates Airbus A380-800, registration A6-EOP performing flight EK-19 from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to Manchester,EN (UK), was on approach to Manchester's runway 23R (length 3048m/10,000 feet) when the crew went around from about 1300 feet MSL due to a computer warning the runway was too short for landing. The crew positioned for another approach to runway 23R but went around from 1100 feet MSL again due to the same warning about 14 minutes after the first go around. The aircraft entered a hold at 8000 feet, the crew requested runway 23L (length 3050 meters/10,007 feet) and attempted an approach to runway 23L about one hour after the first go around but went around again from about 1100 feet due to the warning runway 23L was too short too. The crew decided to divert to London Heathrow,EN (UK), climbed to FL190 and landed safely on Heathrow's runway 27L (length 3660m/12,000 feet) about 2:10 hours after the first go around.

The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground in Heathrow for 2 hours, then departed again for Manchester and completed a safe landing on runway 23R on its first approach after diversion and total 4th approach to Manchester.

On Mar 30th 2016 Emirates' press office stated, the three go-arounds were made due to weather, with winter storm Katie battering Manchester.

The UK's Met Office issued a severe weather warning indicating the arrival of storm Katie for Mar 28th 2016 only, Katie began affecting the UK around 00:00Z on Easter Monday (Mar 28th) and had passed the UK by about noon.

Passengers reported the crew announced a computer glitch as cause for the go-arounds.

Metars:
EGCC 262120Z 23017KT 9999 FEW026 SCT037 07/03 Q0992 NOSIG
EGCC 262050Z 21016KT 9999 SCT025 BKN031 07/04 Q0991 NOSIG
EGCC 262020Z 21015KT 9999 -SHRA FEW018 BKN028 08/04 Q0991 NOSIG
EGCC 261950Z 20017G27KT 9999 FEW028 08/04 Q0990 TEMPO SHRA
EGCC 261920Z 20015KT 9999 FEW026 BKN031 08/05 Q0990 NOSIG
EGCC 261850Z 20013KT 9999 SCT022 SCT027 BKN033 08/05 Q0990 NOSIG
EGCC 261820Z 20013KT 9999 FEW039 07/06 Q0990 NOSIG
EGCC 261750Z 20012KT 9999 FEW028 SCT039 08/06 Q0990 NOSIG
EGCC 261720Z 21010KT 9999 -RA FEW028 SCT033 BKN039 08/07 Q0990 RERA NOSIG
EGCC 261650Z 24017G28KT 8000 RA FEW010 SCT025 BKN031 08/07 Q0989 RERA NOSIG
EGCC 261620Z 18018G28KT 3000 RA BKN018 BKN023 BKN034 12/10 Q0987 TEMPO 2000 +RA BKN014
EGCC 261550Z 17023KT 9999 SCT020 BKN025 BKN032 13/09 Q0988 TEMPO 4000 +RA BKN014
EGCC 261520Z 18022G33KT 9999 BKN025 BKN032 BKN038 14/09 Q0988 TEMPO 8000 RA BKN014
EGCC 261450Z 18021KT 9999 -RA SCT026 BKN032 14/09 Q0989 TEMPO 8000 RA BKN014
EGCC 261420Z 18022G32KT 130V200 9999 SCT023 BKN029 BKN035 14/09 Q0990 TEMPO BKN014
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Mar 26, 2016

Classification
Incident

Flight number
EK-19

Aircraft Registration
A6-EOP

Aircraft Type
Airbus A380-800

ICAO Type Designator
A388

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