ltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12692 posts, RR: 13 Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 5284 times:
What a horrible crash this was, I recall the reporting of it shortly after it occurred. How the a/c got into this situation as well why is very interesting. It was foruntate that the a/c crashed in an area of few people.
From it did come changes in the warning systems on 737's as to pressurization systems (although not due to be done to all a/c by 2014) and some changes in CRM. There were also failures to properly do the check list which would have noted the incorrect position of the pressurization system control in manual vs. auto after it was not reset after a repair/check of the system. There was a misunderstanding of the warnings and of the pilots to put on their O2 supply when there are any questions of the status of the pressurization system. The apparent leaving of the CP from his seat to check if a circuit breaker or some other problem existed and without O2 compounded the problem. This crash also pointed out some flaws in modern autopilot systems, that despite a depressurization or non-pressurization status, it kept the a/c flying until it ran out of fuel. Perhaps there should have been or should be some way the autopilot partially shuts down and gives warnings if a depressurization or non-pressurization condition, even to the point of pushing the a/c down to a safe altitude before the pilots can react and before they pass out from lack of O2.
CYatUK From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 810 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5133 times:
In Cyprus, five people are trialled in connection with the crash and the next hearing, before the Nicosia Assize Court, is scheduled for 12 September 2011.
The defendants in the trial are former chief pilot Ianko Stoimenov, Andreas Drakos, chairman of the board of Helios, Demetris Pantazis, chief executive officer, Giorgos Kikidis, operations manager for the airline and Helios Airways as a legal entity.
The defendants face charges of manslaughter and of causing the death of 119 people (121 minus the two pilots) through a reckless act.
AvroArrow From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 1045 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4422 times:
I guess because the pilots were the only ones who stood a chance of preventing the crash? Not sure really. Of all crashes in recent years this one sticks with me and many of my friends the most, likely due to the whole "ghost plane" aspect of the crash. RIP to all.
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