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FAA warns pilots for inadvertent go-around mode activation on B757, 767
28 October 2021

On February 23, 2019, a Boeing 767-375BCF entered into a steep dive and crashed into the shallow marsh area of Trinity Bay, Texas, USA. The two pilots and a passenger were fatally injured.
The NTSB concluded that the cause of the accident was an inappropriate response by the PF to an inadvertent activation of the go-around mode.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) now issued a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) bulletin, with the following recommended action:

Although available data indicates that inadvertent activation of the go-around mode on Boeing 757 and 767 airplanes may be a rare event, the FAA recommends that pilots, operators, and training providers should be aware of the facts and circumstances of February 23, 2019 accident described in this SAFO. The FAA reminds Boeing 757 and 767 pilots, operators, and training providers of the close proximity of the speedbrake lever to the left go-around mode switch and the risk that a pilot seated in the right seat may inadvertently activate the go-around mode when manipulating or holding the speedbrake lever. Similarly, there is the possibility of an inadvertent activation of the go-around mode by a pilot seated in the left seat, when he or she reaches across to move the flap lever and makes contact with the right go-around mode switch.
An emphasis on proper instrument crosschecks could help to prevent inadvertent events such as these from escalating.