Jetstar Plane Landing Aborted Due to Texting

    April 20, 2012
    Chad Sweely
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Yesterday, while a Jetstar plane was about to land, its landing was abruptly aborted due to the pilot of the texting during the landing process. According to Ubergizmo, the landing was canceled 150 meters due to incident.

Between approximately 2000-2500 feet from the surface, the captain was notified of text messages on his phone by hearing his phone’s incoming text message tones. The copilot of the flight advised the captain not to concentrate on his phone during the descent; however, the copilots advice was ignored and the captain put his attention on the phone. The pilot told the copilot that he was going to turn his phone off, but continued to focus his attention on the phone rather than the landing procedures. With this in mind, the copilot noticed that at 1,000 feet, the landing gear had not been lowered and also noticed that neither pilot had been through the landing check list (which is different for each plane).

At 500 feet, with the plane being so close to the ground, along with the landing procedures not thoroughly checked and prepared, the landing in Singapore for the Australian airliner was aborted. Since this incident occured, Jetstar has put in place in-flight notifications for the pilots to turn their mobile devices to the off position.

The tweet below pretty much sums up the moral of the story:

I can’t text while driving, or use cell phone at all on plane, but JetStar pilots abort a landing while busy texting? http://t.co/njyMgrI0(image) 21 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

  • http://www.ethicalseoconsulting.com/news/online-marketing-agencies/ Online Marketing Agencys

    Yeah that’s what everyone wants is to have the man flying the plane not paying attention while you ascend to the ground at hundreds of miles an hour.

  • Martin Smith

    Could we have the first paragraph of this story translated into English?

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    So what happened? They aborted the landing and then what? They are still flying around up there somewhere in circles because they are waiting for the pilot to finish texting?

    This is why texting should be left to teens rather than adult pilots.

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      Two thumbs up!

  • http://whiteeagleaerie.com/ Nathan

    Safety first – he should have ignored his phone until the plane was safely parked on the ground, not while he was trying to land! Good for the co-pilot to make that decision!

  • Rickey Morris

    It just seems to follow a pattern lately, people not taking their jobs seriously, Secret Service, pilots doing what is against the rules for passengers and that’s leaving their phones on during flight? I can’t remember another time when people have done this so often. Maybe it’s time to make crew and Passengers store Electronics in luggage. I would rather miss playing a game, or miss a call, than to hit the ground at 150 Miles per hour with no wheels down.

  • http://www.ssrichardmontgomery.com ron

    The other side to this is that it could have been a vital message about plane, terror, or not to land. as not possible to get through on main radio or whatever. pilot should have quickly READ message but not reply unless vital until after landing.

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    Duh?? They have to be told??? Then obviously they should be body searched for recreational electronic devices before having the lives of hundreds of people placed in their hands. Or perhaps have both their IQ and their EQ tested?

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  • http://www.birminghamhypnotherapyclinic.com/ Georgios Birmingham Hypnotherapy Clinic

    It is unbelievable how addicted we get to our phones… I am sure that nothing would have happened if he waited until he landed the plane to read the texts. Also i though you have to switch off the phones during landing?


    funny part of this is mythbusters proved that cell phones do absolutely nothing to aircraft guidance systems… so why are we not allowed to use phones on planes, with the exception of the one on the back of the seat that costs $10 a minute?

    • http://www.kathrynrblake.com Kathryn R. Blake

      My thoughts exactly. I guess it’s sort of a “do as I say, not as I do” situation. Hmmm.

  • http://www.zeroproximitymarketing.com William Tait

    Notwithstanding the seriousness of the content, this is probably one of the worst written articles I’ve come across in a long time. Incomplete sentences and spelling errors.

    Regardless, I doesn’t give me a lot of confidence to fly with JetText.com

  • http://www.plutocrazy.info Len

    I’d have assumed the rule for passengers not being allowed to use electronic devices during take off and landings would apply to the crew too… especially the bloody pilot.

  • http://www.vimeo.com/8336589 Brian

    texting pilot crashed the pakistan plane last week

  • http://www.auseanco.com James Egan

    I think this is a load of B*@L S*^T The plane is capable of and in most cases lands by its self, the landing procedures are also shared by the 2 pilots and QANTAS/JETSTAR are still rated amongst the safest airlines in the world. If it were true you would also have heard of the pilot and his co-pilot’s immediate removal from the airlines employ. By the way get over the spelling issues lives too short.

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    So I get in trouble if I text while I drive but this dude is doing it high above the earth at hundreds of miles an hour? Absolute ridiculousness.