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The final report on the 2009 AF447 crash is out today. I didn’t read the entire report but most of the blame was placed on faulty pitot-tubes, as had been expected. There is also a fair amount of discussion about the pilot’s actions but the head of the French BEA stated that “the same situation could have occurred with a different crew on board”.
I can appreciate that statement and the difficulty the AF447 pilots were in. Airline pilots are practically human robots, almost everything they do is a programmed procedure. That’s not to say there aren’t many times they have to exercise sound judgment but when it comes to basic flying procedures, they aren’t supposed to have to figure things out. When the pitot tubes became frozen the AF447 crew was presented with conflicting warnings and information that made no sense. The cockpit warnings and information weren’t reflective of the aerodynamic condition that the airplane was in, nor was it a situation the crew had been adequately trained to deal with. How do you react when one indication contradicts another? My condolences go out to the families of the passengers and crew.
originally posted by: Woody510
a reply to: Zaphod58
I'd put that in one of my first posts but didn't realise the airspeed indicator was the reason they'd descended that quickly. Is there no way airliners couldn't use a GPS speed indicator as well? I know the GPS in my car gives me my speed?
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: nelloh62
Step 1-49 of the bold print emergency checklist is fly the damn plane. Somewhere after about step 52 is talk to the ground. At less than 7,000 feet you don't have a lot of time if you are going into a stall.