Fort Nelson runway overrun caused by pilot fatigue and faster approach

There were no injuries or damage to the plane as a result. 

According to the report, the pilot was using a visual approach for touchdown, and not following descent path given by the instrument landing system. The plane was approaching the airport at a slightly faster speed than normal, and touched down past the recommended touchdown point on the runway. That meant the aircraft did not have the required distance to properly slow down, and overran the runway by 230 feet.

 The TSB’s report also says the system that automatically controls engine power during flight was left on, which led to the engine power increasing slightly after touchdown. The thrust reversers and speed brakes that help stop the aircraft along with the brakes were therefore applied late.

 Investigation showed that the captain had not had enough sleep in the day before the flight, and fatigue affected their judgement and ability to assess risks. Since the incident, Enerjet has made efforts to stress the importance of correctly self-assessing fatigue and fitness for duty, and that there is no punishment for booking off duty for illness, stress or fatigue.

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Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.