|Quoting Qwerty (reply 35):|
If pilot error is involved, isn't it in not realizing the magnitude of the failure with so much vertical airspace to work with? Clearly a lot of altitude is lost in the possible stall avoidance during the double out, but they've got to have had at least 30K to then get it on the deck somewhere.
Again, I heard that they stalled and were inverted for the first part of their descent. I remember that one of the initial reports said that for a while they were decsending at a high rate of feet down per minute.
Also, take into account that these pilots had a lot to deal with up there, and finding an airport from FL300 plus while trying to restart and deal with everything else doesn't leave focus on finding an airport at first. They were over an unfamiliar area at night, and even with ATC help, they could only make it so far.
Imagine how you would be able to function after rolling inverted, dual flameout, at night, with a rapid rate of descent. I'd imagine you would be pretty shook up with an adrenalin rush. You have to worry about restart, I'm sure a host of other warning lights and horns, etc. By the time they got around to finding an airport, it was just too late.
Whatever happened up there, I'm sure they tried their best. May they rest in peace.
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