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Originally posted by rusty35
Where is French Navy?
I'm rather bothered that they have been rather quick to declare it lost and everyone dead without any information other than a disappearance with little to no information.
Originally posted by Irish Matador
I also find it very weird the amount of different nationalities on the plane. 26 Germans going to Paris yet there was a lufthansa flight 30 mins beforehand?? Just asking??
Originally posted by sy.gunson
It's just realism. At 35,000ft in darkness you cannot just glide down and ditch.
Electrical failure in darkness at 35,000 feet means loss of autopilot and at very high altitudes loss of autopilot means the aircraft cannot be flown precisely within the narrow range of airspeed called Mach Box.
At high altitude the maximum cruise speed of an A330 is 500 knots. The stall speed is something like 460 knots. The long range cruise speed is 470knots. If the autopilot falls off line in darkness and in turbulence, then it's quite likely the aircraft would lose speed and drop below stall speed.
Stalling an aircraft at 460 knots in darkness makes recovery impossible. The aircraft would begin to roll and tumble and within a couple of revolutions literally fall apart.