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Libyan 727 Incident In Lebanon

Mon Jul 15, 2002 4:40 pm

About three weeks ago, a Libyan B727 took-off from Beirut International Airport on a flight bound for Tripoli, Libya. After take-off, the flight crew discovered that the autopilot was not functioning properly. They executed a "fuel dump" six miles west of the airport and returned for actually a very tidy landing on RW17...

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RE: Libyan 727 Incident In Lebanon

Mon Jul 15, 2002 4:49 pm

My god....Doesn't anybody know how to hand fly an aircraft anymore???

What the hell did pilots do before they had autopilots.

Losing an autopilot should not be an emergency, especially on the homebound leg. Maybe on the outbound one, but not the inbound leg.
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RE: Libyan 727 Incident In Lebanon

Mon Jul 15, 2002 6:09 pm

They probably thought that auto pilot failure may be indicative of more underlying electrical / instrument failure.
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RE: Libyan 727 Incident In Lebanon

Mon Jul 15, 2002 7:33 pm

Yes, there was probably more to it than a simple A/P failure. Most aircraft these days are allowed to dispatch with one inoperative, unles the route you are flying or the approach you plan makes it neccessary.

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