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Planes have back-up systems for electrical stuff, and further more, we don't know what altitude it was at, only the last known altitude. beyond that, they haven't a clue.
Originally posted by sy.gunson
It's just realism. At 35,000ft in darkness you cannot just glide down and ditch.
No, realism is if they had evidence of catastrophic disaster, such as mid air collision, explosion, ect. Then it would be realistic to assume no one survived.
They still don't know what happened, where exactly it happened, or why. And just because it might be very difficult to glide and ditch at night does not mean impossible, either.
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.
Also, since you and weedwacker seem to be the resident aviation experts for this thread, loss of pressure, would that mean that the hull had been breached somehow? If so, what would have caused that?
Originally posted by Harlequin
reply to post by Skadi_the_Evil_Elf
whilst i applaud your optimism sir , looking at the facts then it would be a true miracle , one from the lord , to save those souls.
the final report of the aircraft at 35000 feet @ 453 knots with electrical failure and was losing pressure.
does not fill me with the same hope.