wjcandee wrote:CALTECH wrote:
Well, Air France 447 couldn't recover from 38,000 or so feet.
I know you're being snarky, but you realize, of course, that the correct statement is that "AF447 couldn't recover from a bunkie who had the sidestick pulled full-back in manual mode". Given that the captain figured out the problem at the end, if they had had even 10,000 feet they should have been able to recover.
Not being snarky at all. The statement was '7000 AGL is enough to recover with proper technique.' There are many instances where the 'proper technique' wasn't performed at many different altitudes after a LOC, resulting in the loss of the aircraft. West Caribbean Airways 708 is another one that happened at altitude, and along with AF 447, they had plenty of time, minutes to figure it out and recover, but didn't. You even state 'if' AF447 had 10,000 feet they should have recovered, and they weren't in a very fast vertical dive, where seconds are all that a aircraft in a vertical dive has, not minutes.