Luxair Flight 9642

Luxair Flight 9642

LX-LGB, the aircraft involved in the accident, in 1992

Accident summary

Date
6 November 2002

Summary
Pilot error aggravated by inclement weather

Site
Luxembourg City
49°39′21″N 6°16′26″E / 49.65583°N 6.27389°E / 49.65583; 6.27389Coordinates: 49°39′21″N 6°16′26″E / 49.65583°N 6.27389°E / 49.65583; 6.27389

Passengers
19

Crew
3

Fatalities
20

Survivors
2

Aircraft type
Fokker 50

Operator
Luxair

Registration
LX-LGB

Flight origin
Berlin Tempelhof Airport

Destination
Luxembourg Findel Airport

Luxair Flight 9642 was a scheduled international passenger flight, flying from Berlin Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, Germany, to Luxembourg Findel Airport, Niederanven, Luxembourg, near Luxembourg City. The flight was operated by Luxair, the flag carrier(national airline) of Luxembourg, with its headquarters in Luxembourg Findel Airport. On 6 November 2002, LX-LGB, the Fokker 50 aircraft on the route crashed and burned while on final approach to Luxembourg Findel Airport about 6 nautical miles (11 km) short of the runway while trying to land in fog. Twenty of the twenty-two passengers and crew perished.
Lufthansa had a codeshare on the flight as LH2420.[1] The accident was the first fatal accident in Luxair’s history and the only fatal accident in the company. It held as the deadliest plane crash in Luxembourg’s aviation history.[2]

Contents

1 Accident
2 Passengers

2.1 Nationalities of passengers and crew

3 Investigation

3.1 CVR analysis
3.2 Cause

4 See also
5 References
6 Further reading
7 External links

Accident[edit]
The crews were approaching Findel Airport in foggy condition.

09:02:57 ATC  : « Luxair 9642 good morning, continue approach. The wind is calm RVR beginning 250 meters, mid section 250 meters, stop end 225 meters ».
09:03:08 Flight 9642  : « That’s copied Luxair 9642… but we need 300 meters for the approach ».
09:03:18 ATC  : « 9642 copied… uh so continue approach and I’ll keep you advised we didn’t have 300 uh… uh during the last time ».
09:03:28 Flight 9642  : « Euh Roger 9642, we keep you advised we’re proceeding to ELU now and … uh standing by 9642».

The flight crews decided to go-around, but then they later aborted the go-around and continued their approach.

09:04:46 Flight 9642  : «Yes, well we do a go-around, missed approach».
09:04:57 ATC  : «Luxair