Emirates A388 at New York on Dec 4th 2017, at about 200 feet in the middle of turn to runway 13L
An Emirates Airbus A380-800, registration A6-EEU performing flight EK-207 from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to New York JFK,NY (USA), was on final approach to New York's runway 13L following the Canarsie approach (requiring a 90 degrees turn onto very short final), when the aircraft descended below minimums prompting tower to warn EK-207 "you appear to be extremely low on approach" at 20:26L (01:26Z Dec 5th) while the aircraft was about half way into the turn about to be abeam the Aqueduct Racetrack about 2.5nm before the runway threshold, the crew announced in response "missed approach". The aircraft climbed out to safety, positioned for another approach now to runway 22L and landed safely about 10 minutes after the go-around.
The FAA radar data suggest the aircraft was at 200 feet AGL at the lowest point. The Webtrak data produced by the airport authority show the aircraft at 338 feet MSL at its lowest point.
ADS-B data transmitted by the aircraft (and recorded in one minute intervals) show the aircraft at the lowest point at 25 feet MSL measured to standard pressure already climbing at 2100fpm at 20:27:07L (01:27:07Z Dec 5th). With the current Altimeter setting of 30.43 inches (see METARs) 467 feet need to be added to compensate for ambient pressure, the ADS-B therefore show the aircraft at pressure altitude 492 feet MSL already in the climb again.
Another Emirates A388 had descended below safe height on approach to Moscow about 3 months ago, see Incident: Emirates A388 at Moscow on Sep 10th 2017, go around from about 400 feet AGL 8nm before runway.
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