KFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1208 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 10933 times:
I hope you all remember the Afriqiyah A332 crash. Was there any final or at least preliminary rept released on this accident ? Like one reputed CEO stated with me, Libya would likely put the blame on the pilots. But what did actually happen? It seems both in service 330 crashes are mysteries.
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btblue From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 532 posts, RR: 4 Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 10117 times:
I've been asking myself the same question.
There is some info on Wiki about the crash but authorities are still looking at the flight data recorder... mind you, that was in 2010. I have yet to see anything that points conclusive evidence that it was controlled flight into terrain but it appears to be just that from what is out there.
bueb0g From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2010, 537 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5220 times:
Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 6): Isn't is disabled once the gear is down ? Otherwise every landing would generate warnings .
No, modern aircraft have a global terrain database so the aircraft knows when it's descending into high ground or wether it's conducting a normal approach into an airport. So if the pilots were off course they would still get "Terrain, Terrain", and the "Sinkrate" and "Pull Up" alarms are never disabled. (When approaching a new runway, one that isn't yet in the terrain database, pilots will often have to turn off the EGPWS to curtail spurious warnings, but that wasn't the case here.)
And the preliminary report (IIRC) stated that the ground was very hazy, the glare very bright and that the pilots were conducting a non-precision approach. For whatever reason, (I don't want to be too speculative about this,) the a/c pitched down and crashed into the ground at a reported speed of around 200 knots and between 15 and 20 degrees nosedown. The hard, dry ground contributed to the destruction.