Plane & Pilot
Saturday, October 1, 2005

The Touchdown Set-Up

Be prepared for any last-minute corrections when landing

At about 12:22:31, the captain suggested that the first officer carry about four knots of extra speed. “I don’t like to add extra speed, but you know, three or four knots can make a lot of difference if you’re bumpin’ around back and forth,” he said.

The first officer responded, “Good enough. Let’s go with landing gear down. Before landing checklist, please. The glideslope is alive.”

The captain responded, “Spoilers are armed. The gear is down and three green. Flaps are 22. Flaps to go.”

At about 12:23:38, the first officer requested 35 degrees of flaps, and the captain complied. At about 12:23:52, the CVR recorded a central aural warning system (CAWS) wind-shear alert. The captain stated, “Okay, it’s all right.”

The first officer remarked, “Goodness.”

The captain subsequently said, “Visual. Stable. We got a 9,000-foot runway, and we land at 146. A pretty good headwind oughta work out okay.”

At about 12:24:52, the first officer stated, “The autopilot is coming off.”

At about 12:25:02, the captain added, “The checklist is complete. You’re cleared to land.”

The first officer responded, “Thanks.”

The CVR picked up the first sounds of a touchdown at about 12:25:53. Three seconds later, the first officer stated, “Wow.”


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