Bombardier to emphasise crosswind training after AAIB investigation


Redacted CCTV image of Bombardier Global 6000 LX-NST’s wing contacting the ground

Operators of the Bombardier Global 6000 could have to undergo new simulator training for crosswind landings following an investigation by the UK’s Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB).

The investigation related to a serious wingtip-strike of a Global 6000 during a landing at London Luton Airport on 7th April last year.

The LX-NST aircraft, which had only the commander and co-pilot on board, began to drift sideways on landing due to a strong and gusty crosswind from the right. It was being flown by the co-pilot, who was new-to-type, when the commander sensed the jet drifting and took control. The aircraft touched down momentarily on its right main wheel and the wingtip contacted the runway for approximately 18 meters, causing damage to the wingtip, flap fairing, aileron and slat.

The AAIB said: “Wingtip strikes, particularly during crosswind conditions, are a known risk on the aircraft type that the manufacturer continues to address through publications and training.”

As for safety actions, the AAIB said the operator is going to include new scenarios of crosswind landings and low-energy go-arounds in its simulator training. Bombardier has also shared the event among its crews.

Other recommendations made by the operator are still under consideration, including the introduction of a specific threat and error matrix for line training captains to assess the risk level of factors, and a reduced crosswind limit for trainee pilots until they reach a certain level of experience. Transport Canada is also assessing a TASE proposal which could further mitigate the risk of a similar incident occurring.