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Investigators are looking at navaids and the rising sun for the Afriqiyah A330 crash

According to ATW, “Investigators examining the Afriqiyah Airways A330-200 crash are expected to focus on faulty landing aids and the pilots being blinded by the sun as possible causes.

ATWOnline has learned that Runway 09, to which the aircraft was headed, does not have an ILS and the VOR navigational aid was suffering from interference. Pilots were warned in a NOTAM that “interference from signal being experienced during current airport development work. VOR should be used with caution.”

The aircraft was landing to the east and crashed just as the sun was rising, leading to suspicions that the pilots may have been blinded by sunlight to possible errors in their approach and height caused by problems with the landing aids. The aircraft’s flight data and cockpit voice recorders both have been recovered.”

Read the full report in ATW:


Copyright Photo: The relatively-new crashed A330-202 is seen at Toulouse on a test flight as F-WWYS before it was delivered as 5A-ONG on September 8, 2009.

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