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Flying hours bungle forces go-around. A Norwegian commercial airline captain aborted landing because he had exceeded his maximum flying hours for that day. The Widerøe plane with some 40 passengers aboard was three minutes out of Mosjøen, Nordland County, on final approach last week when the breach was discovered. “He was already over his permitted time then”, communications director Richard Kongsteien tells The Foreigner, “and our people didn’t discover it until it was too late because of weather-related delays earlier in the day.”

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Flying hours bungle forces go-around

Published on Thursday, 1st November, 2012 at 09:11 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

A Norwegian commercial airline captain aborted landing because he had exceeded his maximum flying hours for that day.

A Widerøe Dash 8-100
A Widerøe Dash 8-100
Photo: Widerøe


The Widerøe plane with some 40 passengers aboard was three minutes out of Mosjøen, Nordland County, on final approach last week when the breach was discovered.

“He was already over his permitted time then”, communications director Richard Kongsteien tells The Foreigner, “and our people didn’t discover it until it was too late because of weather-related delays earlier in the day.”

A go-around was initiated and the plane returned to Værnes Airport in Trondheim.

What did the passengers say?

“There were furious, understandably. You see the roof of your house, but have to then take a train or spend a night in a hotel. We tried to explain it to them and are of course very sorry.”

Passengers were also compensated with food vouchers, or offered transport with alternative flights.

Couldn’t the First Officer have performed the landing?

“Yes, but it would have meant the plane staying on the ground there for 14 hours until the captain had had his regulatory rest time,” says Mr Kongesteien.

According to him, international regulations are extremely strict when it comes to maximum hours and take-offs and landings.

Widerøe would have been heavily fined if the landing took place, “and it would have been a licence issue for the captain.”

“We made a huge mistake sending him to Mosjøen. He never should have even started the flight. We hope the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) Norway lets it pass without further action,” Mr Kongesteien concludes.



Published on Thursday, 1st November, 2012 at 09:11 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: wideroeairline, flyingtimebreach.





  
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