Airbus Crash Attributed To Pilot Confusion
Libya’s civil aviation authority has said the crash of an Air Afriqiyah Airbus A330 on approach to Tripoli in May 2010 was the result of poor communication between the captain and the first officer. The accident killed 103 of 104 people aboard. The first officer, the flying pilot, attempted a go-around when, after an autopilot-flown approach, he did not recognize the runway at minimums. The captain, however, took control of the aircraft without informing the first officer and “inappropriately applied input to the flight controls,” causing the accident, according to Libyan officials.