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December 31, 2011

This is an unusual topic for The Stranded, but the story is so fascinating and scary, it simply must be shared.

What Really Happened Aboard Air France 447

Two years after the Airbus 330 plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, Air France 447’s flight-data recorders finally turned up. The revelations from the pilot transcript paint a surprising picture of chaos in the cockpit, and confusion between the pilots that led to the crash. Popular Mechanics

I have mentioned on occasion that I have flown Cessnas before. As a kid raised in small towns with adventurous farmer friends and a helicopter pilot uncle, I had several opportunities to hold the yoke and steer. It was very exciting, and apparently educational, and is the reason I use “inverted” settings on my controller. Reading this article, I find myself wondering if the pilots of flight 447 ever flew anything that didn’t have complex computer navigation systems and an auto-pilot. Read the story; it isn’t a waste of your precious time.

Via Dubious Quality.

  1. December 31, 2011 6:26 pm

    I could say something bad about French people now, but this could’ve happened to anyone honestly. Still though, I’m not a big fan of Frenchies…

    Read through the whole thing Suns. Thanks for sharing.

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    January 2, 2012 7:25 am

    Ya sad story, just finished, what a terrible misunderstanding by the pilots. And the captain is taking a nap during it all.

    • 3Suns permalink*
      January 2, 2012 3:05 pm

      Yeah, well, that was his last nap. Now he can get all the sleep he needs. lol

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      January 3, 2012 7:50 am

      haha terrible, but true

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