I see several problems. They said they had a "long landing" and had to break hard. So long that even with very hard breaking, they couldnt make the semi high-speed exit E7 (at the 1000 foot marker).
This could not
have been a stable approach (they must have been too high and/or too fast, 2 of the 10 items for a non-stabalized approach). FCTM (and therefore surely the company procedures) dictates a go-around. The only reason to go that far would be malfunction, ie low flap setting (they would have advised) or speed breaks not deploying.
They didnt go-around. For me, this is a serious problem with this crew. They know when they should go around, but they feel the pressure to put the plane on the ground and hope for the best... Jumping to conclutions with little knowledge of the situation is never good, but I cant see no other reason.
Another problem is lack of communication. Normally the crew would advise the tower that they are rolling to the end. Its not mandatory however, so alright... But, doing a 180 on the runway and the tower
is the one to find out after the manouver is completed, that is serious.
This is why in Europe, tower gives landing clearance to the next plane when runway is vacated. We hear from the clip a plane advising "short final" (promting for a landing clearance), but tower say "continue", waiting for the clearance and also advising that Ryan Air is rolling to the end. In USA, sometimes they give landing clearance to number two and three in sequence. Unless a plane land without
landing clearance (yes, crew can forget that they havent received one yet), the situation was not dangerous in this case, because of this good practice. No one had a landing clearence after Ryan Air 227.
Two bad calls by the crew; Not going around and lack of communication.
Not going around, could that be a culture problem in Ryan Air? I've heard that before, but dont know if it is true. Other companies train their pilots to go around and a failure to do so in the sim, would be a bust.
ATC however. Outstanding
They kept calm and polite (almost too polite, the crew would deserve a New York controller...), good practice with landing clearances, good advisements to crew in landing sequence, good call on runway inspection, good management of the situation.
Good routines and good observations, saving Ryan Airs... behind.