|Quoting trnswrld (Reply 138):|
Wow, now that's a first. You can sit there and claim that the AF447 crew had full control of their aircraft? Wow! I'm not saying they didn't have a difficult and confusing situation on their hands, but no one had control of that aircraft.
Read the report. They were in full control of the aircraft. They held it in a stable, yet stalled position... thinking that they were NOT losing altitude!
(Your words are liable to awake a sleeping Pihero...)
1. 66 people were on board. According to a leaked passenger list, only very few of the passengers have a non-Arabic name. None of the people on the manifest were on a terrorism watchlist. A leaked passenger list can be found on a anti-Muslim website www.shoebat.com.
2. Earlier that day, SU
-GCC flew to Eritrea and Tunis, returning to CAI
3. According to BBC, no terrorist organization has credibly claimed responsibility.
1. Flight entered Athens FIR at 2:24 AM
. Last successful communication was at 2:48, the flight was cleared to the exit of Athens FIR. "The pilot was jocund and thanked in Greek."
2. At 3:27, Athens ACC
tried to communicate with the flight, to hand it over to the Cairo FIR. Repetitive calls, also on the emergency frequency, went without any response.
3. The flight passed the FIR boundary at 3:29 AM
. At 3:29:40 AM
, the flight was lost from ATC radar, almost 7 nm southeast of KUMBI (KUMBI lies on the FIR boundary). The Greek Air Force was called, they were unable to track the plane with their radars (as it had already crashed at this time).
4. The aircraft stayed at FL370, at least when the transponder was still working.
5. Supposedly, the Greek Air Force's primary radars did record the plane's flight. "It turned 90 degrees left and then a 360-degree turn toward the right, dropping from 38,000 to 15,000 feet and then it was lost at about 10,000 feet." (Paul Kammenos, Greek minister of defense)
1. First debris spotted at around noon of May 20th.
2. Possible oil slick photographed by the European Space Agency's Sentinel satellite.
1. The crew did not respond to repeated calls by Athinai air traffic control, yet the flight didn't disappear from radar until a few minutes later. This suggests the crew was either incapacitated or unable to respond (due to workload; struggling to regain control after a bomb explosion).
2. The time span between the attempted calls by Athens ACC
and the disappearance rules out an explosion that would have totally crippled the plane.
3. A Helios-type of accident is improbable, as the plane would have simply continued the flight plan.