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« Reply #15 on: October 27, 2009, 09:13:11 AM »

The runway would need to be equipped with the REILS and if it was, chances are if the approach lights were off, the REILS were probably off too.
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« Reply #16 on: October 27, 2009, 09:12:05 PM »

It is very easy to say that this never should have happened, because, of course, it shouldn't have. But armchair quarterbacking from the low stress environment behind a computer screen is easy to do.

What is relevant about this is that it is yet another case of a chain of events leading up to an unfortunate result, not one thing.

1) long int'l flight)
2) perhaps higher stress flight throughout due to check pilot presence
3) check pilot gets ill, my understanding is that he physically got ill on the flight deck and you can imagine the distraction the remnants of  that would cause
4) landing dark
5) runway lighting system not standard
6) relatively last minute runway change
7) no other planes on the taxiway to give away that it was in fact a taxiway
Cool busy tower that was unable to notice the error happening.

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« Reply #17 on: October 27, 2009, 11:15:36 PM »

not busy in the predawn hours of the morning...and unless you had eagle eyes, it would be nearly impossible if not impossible to tell from the tower if an airplane were lined up for a runway or 200ft right of the runway.
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« Reply #18 on: October 28, 2009, 02:35:06 AM »

Agreed that's it a slow time of day at ATL, but
that's still relatively busy to other fields.

Wasn't referring to visually noticing flight off
center but rather via the radar where it would
be quite obvious it was off localizer centerline.
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« Reply #19 on: December 26, 2009, 11:51:50 PM »

The FAA released the ATC recordings on Dec 22nd at: http://www.faa.gov/data_research/accident_incident/2009-10-19/media/2009-10-19_dl60_redacted.mp3
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« Reply #20 on: December 27, 2009, 11:35:44 AM »

Long live the Freedom of Information Act.
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« Reply #21 on: December 30, 2009, 04:00:59 PM »

Shy of the tower asking the ramp (gate?) to have the captain give them a call, there seemed to be no mention of the incident.  Obviously, we weren't there and don't know how this unfolded in the cockpit or tower, but would a controller speak to the protocol for something like this?  Is it preferred to let the medical emergency focus on getting to the gate before raising concern about deviations such as landing on a taxiway?
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« Reply #22 on: November 16, 2010, 08:36:04 AM »

"The NTSB have released their final report on Nov 15th 2010 concluding the probable cause of the incident was:

The flight crew’s failure to identify the correct landing surface due to fatigue.

Contributing to the cause of the incident were

(1) the flight crew’s decision to accept a late runway change,
(2) the unavailability of the approach light system and the instrument landing system for the runway of intended landing, and
(3) the combination of numerous taxiway signs and intermixing of light technologies on the taxiway."


From:

http://www.avherald.com/h?article=42187f22/0000&opt=0
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