DeC From Greece, joined Aug 2005, 616 posts, RR: 1 Posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4626 times:
A very interesting turn of events about the West Caribbean Aiways MD82 Crash in Venezuela, August 2005 just came in, as you can read:
"Pilots of crashed MD-80 may have missed key directive."
Investigators looking into the crash of a Boeing MD-82 that killed 160 people in August said that the accident occurred after the plane made the kind of rapid climb that Boeing had warned in 2002 should be avoided because the autopilot might power engines back too much when the plane levelled off.
Quote: "The crew reported descending through FL140 and reported that they were not able to control the airplane. The aircraft descended at 7000 ft/min, and finally crashed in a swampy area.
The entire descent from FL330 had taken approx. 3 minutes and 30 seconds."
Sounds like something other must have been wrong, since they where not able to control the plane.
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Md80fanatic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2651 posts, RR: 10 Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4165 times:
I didn't think it was possible to make a MD-82 quick climb from 31K to 33K (ceiling 37K) with 160 pax + bags aboard. If they attempted this they very well could have reached the stall AOA during that climb. (Where was the stick shaker anyway???)
At first I thought it was another stuck jackscrew....but the accident photo shows a stabilizer at what appears to be a slow speed angle similar to what is seen on approach and landing.....so there was the ability to alter it's incidence during the descent.
It doesn't make any sense why a stabilizer configured this way, plus the engines running at full output, could descend at 10K per minute.....unless of course the reverser buckets deployed in flight and could not be re-stowed.
Very confusing.....I am not sure if we, as yet, have the full story.