keegd76 From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Aug 2009, 108 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3827 times:
Apologies if already discussed.
Last night Discovery UK premiered a new show called Aircrash Confidential which looks into how automation in airliners is supposed to reduce the chance of accidents but instead may be causing accidents themselves.
It suggested that the constant changes in aircraft design/operation is causing problems for pilots in terms of providing adequate training. This was highlighted by the Kegworth Air Crash in '89 (BD 92) where the crew, who were proficient in how a 737-300 worked weren't sufficiently aware of the changes between it and the 737-400 which they were flying (leading them to shut down the wrong engine based on what they knew of the aircraft instead of relying on what the aircraft was telling them).
Also covered was AF 447 which disappeared over the Atlantic on 1st June 2009. Despite the fact that there were no eye witnesses and the black boxes weren't recovered, the show went so far as to suggest that pilot error may have been responsible, in that the pilots became distracted by conflicting information from the speed sensors and 'forgot' to fly the plane.
I thought that this was a rather inflammatory statement given the lack of evidence.
Did anyone else who saw the show come to the same conclusion?
Nothing comes down faster than a VTOL aircraft upside down.
Garpd From UK - Scotland, joined Aug 2005, 2696 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3674 times:
All quite correct up until the AF 447 comments, which are premature at best.
I have a feeling we may never know what happened to that airbus for definate.
All we have are the messages the doomed and supposedly at that point out of control plane sent and bits and pieces of aircraft that show it definately hit the water intact.
Educated guess can be made using the messages, known weather and what the wreckage says, but guesses is all that they will remain until, or perhaps beast said IF, the black boxes are recovered and are in sufficient condition to tell the authorities anything.
rcair1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1336 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3493 times:
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You know, in the past when I traveled internationally a lot (we are talking last year), I found the content of Discovery programs aired in Europe and UK much more inflammatory and sensationalized than those in the US (which is rather hard to believe). I was unaware till I started looking that the programing differed as much as it did. I saw a number of programs in Europe/UK that I felt were way off base. I actually looked for those programs in the US and could not find them. Many of them tended to be US bashing, so I could understand why they would not show them here, but others were not and I found the quality quite poor.
Does anybody know how they producing of Discovery in Europe differs from US?