>>>Have you noticed when the Airbus detractors get presented with facts to counter they're opinion, you
hear no more from them.<<<
I'm sorry I cannot be on airliners.net all of the time, but I certainly do try.
I am not an "Airbus detractor". I simply do not like the politics of corporate welfare.
My only point was at the time (1988), for an aircraft as complex as the A320 with so few operators in service, an incident of this nature was bound to happen sooner or later. Do not try to deny that the 320-100 has not had many problems and software glitches, most of which have now been corrected with the -200.
If the pilot was so clearly in error (so it would seem), why was the FDR seized and switched by French authorities? Why was the pilot villified and declared mentally insane? Have you ever considered that perhaps Airbus had something to hide as well?
Obviously the pilot made some mistakes. I am not pointing fingers here, I would genuinely like to know why you think there was such a cover-up if pilot error was so clearly indicated.