A310 wrote: ↑
Sun May 24, 2020 2:29 am
The atc audio clip has some important communication missing. The controller asked them if were coming in for a belly landing. That’s the only thing indicating towards something wrong with the landing gears. He must have asked this only after the crew informed them about a problem with the gears. The point from where we hear about them being established on 25L, controller asking them about being too high and giving heading 180 which was declined because they were established on the localizer, is that recording actually of the first approach? Because the liveatc feed seems to have provided uninterrupted recording. When was the landing gear problem declared?
That recording is indeed of the first approach, and the landing gear issue is only heard of when the ATC mentioned 'Belly Landing' towards the end of recording. There is 10 minutes of ATC where the signal is weak, between 14:20 - 1430, it could be during this time the landing gear problem was discussed but it is doubtful noting that the real problem seems to have been the high altitude of the aircraft, not the landing gear.
But then why would the ATC mention belly landing, it could be that due to the first landing attempt with landing gear retraced, the ATC presumably was expecting another belly landing, upon which he asked the aircraft to confirm?!
During this whole ordeal, an hostile environment can be felt as pointed earlier and there seems to be clear barrier in communication. It also felt like the aircraft was holding back critical pieces of information and declared emergency too late.
You may listen to LiveATC's full recordings here:
14:00 - 14:30: https://archive-server.liveatc.net/opkc ... -0900Z.mp3
14:30 - 15:00: https://archive-server.liveatc.net/opkc ... -0930Z.mp3
I have reconstructed the last 10 minutes of the flight based on flightradar24 transponder datapoints and timestamped it with the ATC recording to try to have a clear picture. It has already been posted here by the admin earlier, in case if you haven't seen it, here it is: