wjcandee wrote:So the WSJ is out with an article containing leaks from the investigation. As we surmised, some want people to know that they're thinking it's straight-up pilot error, with no issues with the airframe or its systems, given how widely-used the 767 is in pax operations.
But the leaker's take on the initiating event is positively-bizarre, and has to do with a "pilot's arm being jostled in turbulence", thus thrusting the throttle to max. On the one hand, we're talking about the rarest of events, a fatal crash from altitude in a transport-category aircraft operated by a First World carrier, so I guess anything is fair game. But to me that seems just too weird. And then nobody just pulled it back? Why would anybody's hand be gripping the throttle anyway when 2/3 of the way through an automation-controlled flight-level-change? Lightly on it to sense position, yeah. Holding it so an arm jerk would push to max? And then to leave it there so the engines actually developed a high thrust level? Weird.
But now I guess we all just wait and see how NTSB lines it all up. Unless they find something else that explains it. If that's the best they've got, then I really do think we can stop speculating until they get deeper into the data analysis.
Doesn't seem so bizarre if:
1. toga button hit by mistake
2. plane suddenly accelerated and pitched nose-up
3. pilots startled and experienced somatogravic illusion of high pitch up
4. pilot pushed control column forward to command pitch down
2-4 would be similar to flydubai 981.
I may have missed something but don't remember if NTSB stated the flight-level-change was automation controlled or if that too derives from this unconfirmed rumor of "automation all the way down"