Aviation safety issues and actions

Stall prevention and recovery at high altitudes

Issue number: AO-2017-044-SI-01
Who it affects: Qantas Airways Boeing 747 flight crew
Issue owner: Qantas Airways
Operation affected: Aviation: Air transport
Background: Investigation Report AO-2017-044
Date: 27 March 2019

Safety issue description

The operator provided flight crew with limited training and guidance in stall prevention and recovery techniques at high altitudes or with engine power above idle.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Qantas Airways
Action number: AO-2017-044-NSA-009
Date: 27 March 2019
Action status: Closed

The operator commenced retraining of all pilots in stall warning recovery scenarios and amended recurrent lesson plans to incorporate more complex stall warning recovery events. The operator also updated lesson plans and distributed educational material to all flight crew.

Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

The retraining of flight crew and amended lesson plans incorporating more complex stall warning recovery training, along with the provision of further education material, enables flight crew to be adequately prepared to recover from stall warning activations at high altitudes or with engine power above idle.

Last update 27 March 2019