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Then, when your airspeed drops, your first instinct isn't "I have a sensor malfunction" it's "oh crap, we're about to stall". That means get your nose down to build up airspeed again.
originally posted by: CIAGypsy
Now I am not a pilot.... So maybe a pilot can answer this question to my satisfaction.... But here's what I find odd. Your plane is registering malfunctions as it relates to speed. So you make the decision to shut off the autopilot.... Why the hell would you suddenly nosedive with your sensors malfunctioning and no autopilot? This seems to be an illogical decision to me....
originally posted by: RadioRobert
a reply to: cosmania
Could be looking at a scenario where along with airspeed indicator they lost reliable VSI, altitude, and attitude indicator, etc, too with the air data sensor(s) iced. Whiteout in the cloud, below it low vis conditions and the sky and ground are all shades of whites and greys. Could become a very bad time quite quickly.
Maybe trying to troubleshoot the problem instead of concentrating on flying the plane by analog instruments first.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: CIAGypsy
Except that it's far from unexplained. They already have the preliminary cause for it, and it was remarkably simple, and surprisingly common.
I know it is hard to belive for some, but these people have to travel too and many fly commercial. Which means when they crash, they die too.
originally posted by: yuppa
Question...woudnt the pilots feel the plane losing airspeed or hear it? Why didnt they try to increase speed to see if they were still flying? maybe they died or passed out somehow and nosedived since saying mayday was to much trouble.
goes against what I (a non pilot) would think is logical....
Plus the pilot turns off autopilot and nosedives at 5000 feet with little to no time to recover from such a maneuver.