Jetstar Pilot Texting While Landing?

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Claims that a Jetstar airlines pilot was texting on his cellphone before aborting what might have become a gear-up landing at Singapore are being investigated by authorities, according to local news sources. SkyNews.com and TheAustralian.com are among the news agencies that Friday reported the unsourced "texting" allegations and unconfirmed gear-up approach. According to the news agencies, a pilot for the airline "is being investigated" over the claims. However, that was not validated by Jetstar or the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which declined comment on those specific issues. Investigators Friday said the jet had descended to about 700 feet when the an incorrect configuration warning was triggered, prompting the pilots to abort the landing prior to a subsequent successful attempt. One investigator did offer a few details, but not much.

The aircraft had descended to approximately 122 meters above ground when the incorrect configuration warning was triggered. The ATSB's Ian Sangston told the Sydney Morning Herald that the aircraft was "lower than they would have liked" at the time of the abort. Sangston declined comment about the position of the landing gear and alleged cellphone use. The investigation will reportedly examine those allegations.