The simple mistake that caused Etihad 787 to be 300ft low on approach

Investigators in the UAE have concluded that an incorrect altimeter pressure setting caused an Etihad Airways Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner to descend below the correct vertical profile while on approach.

The jet, A6-BMD (c/n 60758), was operating a cargo-only flight between Beijing/Capital and Abu Dhabi International on June 6, 2020, with just three people on board, comprising the commander and two co-pilots.

The aircraft involved, A6-BMA (c/n 60758) was delivered to the Middle Eastern airline in December 2018. Aviation Image Network/Bailey

During an RNAV Y approach to runway 31L at the hub—when the widebody was on short final at a distance of approximately 1.3nm and 210ft radio altitude—the flight crew intimated a go-around.

Become a Premium Member to Read More

This is a premium article and requires an active Key.Aero subscription to view.

I’m an existing member, sign me in!

I don’t have a subscription…

Enjoy the following subscriber only benefits:

  • Unlimited access to all KeyAero content
  • Exclusive in-depth articles and analysis, videos, quizzes added daily
  • A fully searchable archive – boasting hundreds of thousands of pieces of quality aviation content
  • Access to read all our leading aviation magazines online - meaning you can enjoy the likes of FlyPast, Aeroplane Monthly, AirForces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, Aviation News, Airports of the World, PC Pilot and Airliner World - as soon as they leave the editor’s desk.
  • Access on any device- anywhere, anytime
  • Choose from our offers below