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Last updated: 20 September 2018
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B772 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 777-28EER
Registration: HL7597
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 217
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Serious incident
Location:Auckland Airport -   New Zealand
Phase: Landing
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Seoul/Incheon
Destination airport:Auckland Airport
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
On Tuesday 16 November 2004, HL7597 was a Boeing 777-200, operating as flight AAR 607 on a scheduled flight from Incheon, South Korea to Auckland with 200 passengers and 17 crew on board. As AAR 607 approached Auckland runway 23L, a work party was cleared onto the closed section of the runway for further work. However, the work party were concerned about the low approach of the landing aircraft, so elected to remain clear of the runway. Despite repeated air traffic control advice to the crew about the displaced threshold on runway 23L, AAR 607 landed short of the displaced threshold in an area where the runway workers could have been. No injury or damage resulted.

An unobstructed runway and the crew flying a stepped approach, which placed them below the normal glidepath for the displaced threshold, may have contributed to the crew?s actions. Poor communication skills may have also been a factor.

The serious incident was not notified to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), and thus the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC), until after the aircraft and crew had left New Zealand. As a result TAIC was unable to interview the crew immediately after the event and so could not accurately determine all the contributory factors to the incident.

Safety issues identified included:

- the benefit of flying constant angle approaches
- the presentation of instrument approach charts
- the effect on compliance and competency of crews having English as a second language
- the need to improve runway markings for displaced threshold operations
- the timely notification of serious incidents


Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation 059/05 issued 26 May 2005 by TAIC to Asian Airlines
Safety recommendation 060/05 issued 26 May 2005 by TAIC to Asian Airlines
Safety recommendation 063/05 issued 13 May 2005 by TAIC to Auckland International Airport
Safety recommendation 066/05 issued 17 June 2005 by TAIC to DCA

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

03-Nov-2016 20:19 harro Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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