reply to post by DimensionalDetective
Sorry, DD.....you've been spoofed by the makers of that video, especially in regards to the Beverly Eckert death "conspiracy".
Because the makers of that video included her death, I find their veracity questionable. (Also, they said she's among a 'group' of other family
members 'questioning'----are they dead too?) They also allude to many "mysterious" deaths, but give no details in many cases...allegations only.
BTW, do you know, have you looked into the provenance of the UTube poster, IE, does he/she have anything to sell, perhaps on a website somewhere??
Back to Mrs. Eckert---the circumstances of the Colgan Airlines 3407 KEWR-KBUF crash (operating under contract as a "Continental Connection" flight
for Continental Airlines) are well-documented, and the final NTSB report released.
As an airline pilot myself it is perfectly evident, to me, how the two pilots were at fault. (Maybe the 'claim' is that they were "in" on it???
Willing to suicide for the 'cause'?)
Somehow, I seriously doubt that scenario.
In a nutshell, the pilots were distracted, and making mistakes. A 'chain' of minor mistakes, if not caught, can lead to a major accident, which is
why most airline training departments use Human Resources Management techniques included in initial training, and re-current training curriculums
They were using the autopilot that evening, in known icing conditions, even though the airplane's Operations Manual specifically prohibited it.
At one point the First Officer selected an airspeed slower than it should have been, and the A/P dutifully complied. The Captain did not double-check
her inputs, missed the mistake.
As far as I know, that type of airplane doesn't have what we call 'Alpha-floor' protection (I can look into it) which you find in some airplanes
(mostly Airbus models) which would automatically over-ride the pilots airspeed selection.
Finally, when the speed bled off below what was needed to fly, a stall began to develop, and the Captain incorrectly handled the situation, causing
the disaster. This was made, much, much worse because the First Officer retracted the flaps, in the middle of the impending stall condition!!!!
Uncommanded!!! Stupid, stupid, stupid!!!
(Maybe SHE was the culprit, and was paid to "do it"???) Yeah, right....new ATS 'conspiracy'
Here, you may read more in-depth for yourselves:
Here's the animation:
I'll be happy to explain anything else that you may not understand, from the CVR transcript
Wished to add one more thing, as you watch the animation---pay attention to the EADI display, on the left. The vertical 'tape' display left side of
instrument is airspeed, the red hashed bar is computer-calculated as obviously, below safe flying speed, you can see how it changes as flaps are
extended (that lowers stall speed). Vertical 'tape' right side is the altitude.
[edit on 3 March 2010 by weedwhacker]