|Quoting 9lflyguy (Reply 125):|
The just 30 seconds of absolute sheer terror in that cockpit.
I wish people would stop saying things like this. CVR transcripts and recordings show that the cockpit crews almost never drop into panic or sheer terror mode. They keep fighting to control the aircraft to the very end.
In another current thread on JAL 123 - the discussion is what could the crew have done. Those guys flew a barely controllable airplane for 32 minutes. The crew of UA 232 stayed in the air longer with also several control issues.
The crew of the Gimli Glider and the Air Transat A330 both found themselves glider pilots - and in the Air Transat case - 135 miles from land over the open ocean.
Pilots in all those flights knew the chances of survival were extremely low, but three of those crews made it. Over and over crews that keep fighting to keep the airplane in the air until they can land.
Pilots don't panic, don't give in to terror. They keep working to try to save the plane, and themselves. It is clear to me from the video that the crew of this plane was trying to minimize the impact. They were in panic or terror.
|Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 128):|
I can't believe there is no reaction from the driver. He waits until more than a minute into the video to release an expletive, but otherwise, nothing. It's incredible to me that he could have watched this happen in front of him like this and not made a sound.
The video was likely from a US military contractor escorting the white van across the area. More than likely the driver was a former US military person who has seen death up close. It is also very likely this isn't the first airplane he saw crash at that airport.
I've seen three aircraft crash. I've been to two high fatality crash sites which the wreckage still smoking before any bodies are removed. I've been to at least two dozen other crash sites of small military trainers / fighters - some fatal. I've seen a helicopter (CH-53) an flip over - throwing parts of the blades close to 500 yards. I've also been a survivor of a large car bomb attack, and helped recover dozens of remains.
It's not to say that I or other people become numb or insensitive, but you learn what has to be done, what your personal responsibilities and priorities have to be. That you MUST do your job, so that others can do their job of recovery or rescue.
Standing around in shock or in awe of seeing a plane like that go down, or having an emotional reaction - does no one any good, and can very likely put your life in danger, and the lives of the people you are responsible to keep safe.