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Really does sound incredibly stupid, but there's an odd psychological disease that can build in events like this-- we call it "Gethomeitis"-- and it's a nasty bug. Had it myself.
Accident rate is highest at the home field in zero-zero weather. Sort of a "So Near and Yet--" thing.
Jeppesen's data says the field had a localizer approach and an ILS on runway 08-26, so it was not really ill-equipped. If the ILS was working...
As for the controllers directing the plane to another field of to take any action at all-- "Controllers" is a misnomer. They can advise, but not direct. The pilot has, in Eastern Europe as well as the rest of the world, the ultimate responsibility, so he has the last say. However stupid.
There's an old saying about those pilot calls-- "If my ass gets there, so will the passengers".
Not this time.


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by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Sat Apr 10th, 2010 at 03:07:16 PM EST
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ILS would change things. The Gazeta report was implying that the airfield was bare-bones. If it had ILS and it was working, it's quite a bit more difficult to understand why the crash happened.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Apr 10th, 2010 at 04:04:26 PM EST
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Another old saying: "There's no such thing as a good pilot. There are only old pilots."
by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Apr 10th, 2010 at 04:33:46 PM EST
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"There are bold pilots. And then there are old pilots. But there are no old, bold pilots."

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by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Mon Apr 12th, 2010 at 12:45:19 PM EST
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