FAA issues warning to Boeing 767 and 757 operators

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned operators of Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft about the potential for inadvertent pilot activation of the automated go-around mode.

A Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) issued by the agency highlights that the crash of Prime Air’s Boeing 767-375BCF was caused by the crew accidentally pressing a go-around (TOGA) switch and being unable to recover from the situation.

Prime Air
N1217A was nearly 27 years old when it crashed. The airframe had originally been delivered to Irish lessor Guiness Peat Aviation who placed it with China Southern Airlines in 1992. Wikimedia Commons/Nathan Coats

The jet, N1217A (c/n 25865) was operated by Atlas Air on February 23, 2019, and entered a steep dive crashing into the marsh area of Trinity Bay, Texas. The impact resulted in two pilots and a passenger being fatally injured.

The report identified that the flight crew extended the speed brakes, selected flaps position one, and began setting up for the approach. The autopilot and autothrottle remained engaged throughout the remainder of the flight.

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