PHX787; Your question made me remember something having to do with altimeters and airliners many years ago;
I'm sure this happened before your time, but I'm betting Starlionblue will either remember it, or at least will have heard about it; as I know you lived in Cincinnati, I'm sure you know where the old Anderson Ferry is, (or was), on River Road, just west of downtown Cincinnati.
Back in the 1960s, I worked at the Texaco Bulk Terminal, on the river, right at Anderson Ferry; at the time, I operated the loading rack, which loads the fuel into the tank trucks; I forget the exact year , but it was in the mid 60s; at maybe 7 or 8 PM
, while I was loading 3 or 4 tank trucks, we heard this tremendous explosion, which seemed to come "up river" from the west; within several minutes, there were dozens of police cars racing down River Road, heading west, then came ambulances; within the next half hour or so, (and I don't recall now how we found out), but we did find out that the huge explosion we had heard was a B 727, on final into CVG
, had impacted the hillside, app. 300 ft from the hill top. The airport is maybe 1/4 mile beyond the top of that hill top. When the plane impacted the hill, it broke into a lot of pieces, and continued sliding toward the top of the hill side; when I saw it the next day, the only recognizable part was vertical tail assembly and the No.2 engine; miraculously, one of the female F/As and one pax survived.I don't recall the number of "souls on board" anymore. After months and months of investigation, the accident was finally attributed to "pilot error", having to do with improper setting of the altimeter.
I've read several stories about that accident through the years, but it's not "fresh enough" in my memory just now to intelligently talk about it, but it did have to do with the altimeter.
I'm not sure, but I don't think it was quite dark yet, but there may have been fog involved. I'm not even sure of the carrier any more, but I'm thinking it may have been AA
. Anyway, it's a very sad example of how important proper altimeter setting is.
When I was going into work the next day, I drove on down River Road about a mile and a half; the impact site was about an 1/8 of a mile across the river, and about 3/4 of the way up the hill. I read later that the flight crew thought they were about 500 feet higher than they actually were.
Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein