Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Wesley, May 27, 2011.

  1. Wesley

    Wesley Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2006
    Envr Engr/Program Manager
    Air France Crash Report Shows Confused Cockpit -

  2. ISUAgronomist

    ISUAgronomist Well-Known Member

    Nov 5, 2009
    Ag Research
    Close Enough, IA
    It's also interesting, as stated in the articles about this flight, that they didn't attempt to lower the nose to regain lift.

    I still can't believe that they were able to find the data boxes and for them to still be operational.
  3. jbhtexas

    jbhtexas Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2006
    Arlington, TX
    Very, very strange. You would think the plane would have a secondary and even tertiary means of determining air speed...GPS, radar, etc.
  4. Cyclonestate78

    Cyclonestate78 Well-Known Member

    May 23, 2008
    #4 Cyclonestate78, May 27, 2011
    Last edited: May 27, 2011
    That was a pretty bold statement saying that the crew violated the first rule that any pilot learns that in a stall situation you always point the nose down to regain lift. It seems strange that their response while already losing significant altitude was to throttle down the engines to and idle which is apparently the standard engine speed when coming in to land? Doesn't sound like the correct strategy when trying to stop an uncontrolled decent.

    Sounds like they could have used the United flight crew from the plane that crashed in Sioux City years ago. Those guys managed to save over half of the passengers on board that flight when in mid flight an engine exploded causing them to lose hydraulic pressure in all 3 of the planes hydraulic systems. That means that they were a complete dead stick with no control at all over the direction of the plane. They controlled the plane by manually altering the individual speeds of the two wing engines to turn the plane left and right. How they came as close as they did to actually landing that plane I will never know.

    There is a good documentary about that flight on Youtube along with animations with the actual cockpit voice recordings of the pilots as they came in to land. Pretty interesting stuff.

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