Wirestrike Accident Airbus A330-301 F-OHZO, Tuesday 17 December 2002
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Date:Tuesday 17 December 2002
Type:Silhouette image of generic A333 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Airbus A330-301
Owner/operator:Philippine Air Lines
Registration: F-OHZO
MSN: 188
Year of manufacture:1997
Engine model:GE CF6-80E1A2
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 115
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:near A.B. Won Pat Int Airport -   Guam
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Manila-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)
Destination airport:Guam-A.B. Won Pat International Airport (GUM)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
The Airbus struck pole-mounted electrical transmission cables on Nimitz Hill during a localizer approach to runway 06L at Guam in IMC. The aircraft executed a missed approach and landed safely at Guam. After arriving back at Manila the aircraft was inspected and found to have minor damage to the fuselage and landing gear. On August 6, 1997 an accident happened on the same hill when a Korean Air Boeing 747-3B5 collided with terrain while on approaching runway 06L. The MSAW (minimum safe altitude warning) software which was not functioning properly in 1997 was working fine this time. But the CERAP controller, who was no longer in direct communication with PAL110, did not advise the Agana tower controller of the warning. The warning was displayed in the control tower as well, however, the display was logged as out of service because of damage from a typhoon that struck Guam nine days earlier, and its operation was not verified as reliable.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's initiation of a premature descent that was both below the nominal glideslope and steeper than normal. Contributing to the incident was the air traffic controller's failure to respond to the MSAW warning and issue a safety alert as required by FAA order."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: OPS03IA001
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

26-Jul-2012 07:20 harro Added
06-Jun-2022 09:47 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Narrative]

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