The "black box" from Air France Flight 447
THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Air France Flight 447 which crashed mysteriously over the Atlantic ocean over two years ago is now mostly blamed on clueless and inept pilots. The flight recorders (Black Box) sat on the ocean floor for most of that time until recently. Transcripts of the recording clearly shows the pilots blundered some of the basic rules of flying known to even to the newest private pilots and non-pilots with basic knowledge of aviation:
In one extract [from the transcript], a co-pilot says: “Climb, climb, climb.” But his colleague answers: “But I’ve been pulling back on the stick for a while now.”
In a computer-generated voice, the plane’s warning system keeps repeating the word “Stall!” – (From CNN)
France’s Bureau of Investigation and Analysis, the BEA, did say the pilots failed to tend to the matter regarding the stall warnings, but the BEA has condemned the flight recorder transcripts disclosure because it shows a lack of respect for the crew members.
I disagree. If two pilots failed to recognize a stall while repeatedly being told they were in one and end up killing 228 people, a lack of respect is the last thing an aviation safety agency needs to concern itself with. Indeed, this recording ought to be played at all flight schools, just to burn in the brain of new pilots — jetliners stall with the same amount of ease as single engine light aircraft.
Just to show you how clueless the pilots were, 3 seconds before the crash one of the pilots said: “Damn it, we’re going to crash, this can’t be true!”
More from CNN: AF447 pilot: ‘Damn it, we’re going to crash’ – CNN.com.
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