Lufthansa Flight 2904 CVR Recording (With Subtitles)

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Accident Description:

𝗟𝘂𝗳𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗮 𝗙𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝟮𝟵𝟬𝟰 was a scheduled international passenger flight from Frankfurt to Warsaw, operated by an Airbus A320 (Reg. D-AIPN) on 𝗦𝗲𝗽𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟭𝟰, 𝟭𝟵𝟵𝟯.

Following an uneventful flight from Frankfurt, the crew started the descent to Warsaw-Okecie Airport in poor weather conditions with thunderstorm activity, wind shear, rain falls and CB’s. After being cleared to land on runway 11, the wind component changed during the last seconds. The right main gear touched down 770 metres past the runway tthreshold at a speed of 170 knots. The left main gear touched down 9 seconds later, 1,525 metres past the runway threshold. Only when the left gear touched the runway, automatic systems depending on oleo strut (shock absorber) compression unlocked the use of ground spoilers and engine thrust reversers.

The wheel brakes, depending on wheel rotation being equivalent of circumfential speed of 72 knots began to operate after about 4 seconds. Seeing the approaching end of the runway and the obstacle behind it, the captain steered the plane off the runway to the right. The plane left the runway at a speed of 72 knots and rolled 90 metres before it hit the embankment and an LLZ aerial with the left wing. A fire started in the left wing area and penetrated into the passenger cabin. The captain and one passenger were killed while all other occupants were rescued, among them 51 were seriously injured. The plane was destroyed by a post crash fire.

𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗯𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲:
“Cause of the accident were incorrect decisions and actions of the flight crew taken in situation when the information about windshear at the approach to the runway was received. Windshear was produced by the front just passing the aerodrome; the front was accompanied by intensive variation of wind parameters as well as by heavy rain on the aerodrome itself.
Actions of the flight crew were also affected by design features of the aircraft which limited the feasibility of applying available braking systems as well as by insufficient information in the aircraft operations manual (AOM) relating to the increase of the landing distance.”

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