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originally posted by: Shuye
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: autopat51
It doesn't take much to get into a spatial disorientation situation at night. It's possible that they thought they were still straight and level, and were nose down, rolled somewhat.
There are about 100,000 flights a day worldwide, some are landing in much worse conditions. In fact pilots in such approaches in very bad conditions or zero visibility rely only on the plane's instruments. It's a scary situation indeed, but commercial pilots are experienced enough to deal with extreme weather and conditions.
This wasn't the case, they pilots surely knew they were crash landing, in quite a steep angle (45deg?). You would feel great pressure where you are going so low so fast.