Disorientation during a night visual approach, Bristol Airport, 13 May 2015.
During a manually flown night visual approach to Runway 27 at Bristol Airport the pilots became disorientated and, at an altitude of 1,200 ft the aircraft, flew across a ridgeline south of the city of Bristol. The crew realised that they had lost positional awareness and conducted a go-around. The radio altimeter showed the aircraft had descended to 488 ft agl. The aircraft landed safely from its subsequent approach.
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Published: 10 December 2015
Date of occurrence: 13 May 2015