Qantas 737 Suffers Altimeter Fault Similar to Doomed THY Aircraft

Qantas and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said they will consult with and assist Dutch crash investigators after a QF 737-800 last week suffered a radio altimeter malfunction similar to the one that is suspected of causing the loss of a Turkish Airlines -800 on approach to Amsterdam on Feb. 25.

Qantas Flight 1020, an -800 operating from Hobart to Sydney on April 7, experienced the radio altimeter fault on approach. According to a QF spokesperson, the -800 was "at approximately 100 feet when the captain's radio altimeter indicated that the aircraft was at around 10 feet, about where the auto thrust activates full retard on the throttles."

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