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China Airlines 747 Crashed While On Autopilot  
User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3195 times:

According to Reuters Asia, the China Airlines 747 crashed while it was on autopilot. This was determined from the recovered flight data recorder of the plane. Autopilot was on until the very end when the recorder stopped recording. However, the cockpit wreckage shows the autopilot as having been disengaged.

Hmmm.... does this mean pilot error can now be ruled out? Are there other crashes that occurred while the aircraft was on autopilot?

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User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6811 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3164 times:

From the start it looked like the pilots were innocent. It is not that easy for pilots to be able to cause the inflight break-up of their aircraft in the climb!!

User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13756 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3136 times:

Bobcat: Yes. I think this means that pilot error is definately ruled out. The investigators also said that pilot error was not a factor yesterday.

Looks like CI pilots aren't at fault this time. Good.

Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
User currently offlineAvi From Israel, joined Sep 2001, 968 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2976 times:

I thought they recovered the CVR and not the DFR (or did they find them both by now?)
Anyway, It is possible, in theory, that the DFR stopped working when the A/P was ON and the pilot disconnected it later when he tried to bring the aircraft under control.

Don't forget that the AA587 FDR stopped working 6 seconds (if I remember right) before the crash.

Long live the B747
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