You are at least 25 times more likely to suffer a controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) crash during a circling approach than on a straight-in non-precision approach to a runway, according to Tzvetomir Blajev, chairman of the Flight Safety Foundation’s (FSF) European Advisory Committee. Add vertical guidance to a straight-in procedure aligned with the runway and the safety factor is boosted another eight times. The FSF polled air traffic controllers, airline operators, military ...

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