Earlier a Canadair Challenger 600 crashed in Aspen, CO while attempting to land with a substantial tail wind.
On January 5th, 2014 3 Mexican pilots flying a Bombardier Challenger 600 attempted to land at the Aspen/Pitken airport in Aspen, CO.
Video Of Challenger 600 Crash
Most pilots receive considerable training and during that training are taught NOT to land downwind, particularly if there would be a tailwind. Tailwind landings can become even more of a problem in jet aircraft like the Challenger 600 biz jet.
A tailwind during landing provides pilots with an aircraft traveling faster than normal even if the airspeed is held to what they are used to for landing. The stronger the tailwind the more the landing looks abnormal to the pilots and causing them to think they are too fast and to reduce the airspeed of the aircraft which can then result in a stall.
There is no doubt that these Challenger 600 pilots misunderstood the actual airspeed of the aircraft because of the deceptive visual outside the aircraft with a 33 knot tailwind.
In the meantime keep your wings straight and level Hersch!
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