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Stepped approach cited in landing short of displaced threshold at Auckland
21 July 2005

On 16 November 2004, an Asiana Boeing 777, arriving from from Incheon, South Korea, approached Auckland runway 23L when a work party was cleared onto the closed section of the runway for further work. The work party, concerned about the low approach of the 777, elected to remain clear of the runway. Despite repeated ATC advice to the crew about the displaced threshold on runway 23L, the flight landed short of the displaced threshold in an area where the runway workers could have been. An unobstructed runway and the crew flying a stepped approach, which placed them below the normal glidepath for the displaced threshold, may have contributed to the crew’s actions. Poor communication skills may have also been a factor. (TAIC)