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Air France jet 'seconds from disaster' after autopilot fails in drama with chilling echoes of Brazil crashAn Air France jet was just seconds from nose-diving to disaster after the autopilot failed during 'extreme turbulence' over the South Atlantic Ocean. The high-altitude alert in July chillingly echoed the cockpit chaos that preceded the fatal crash of an Air France Rio-Paris flight two years earlier, in which all 228 passengers died. In the latest drama, the autopilot shut down as the plane hit a storm at 35,000 feet while flying from Venezuelan capital Caracas to Paris. Read more:… (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...
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@Vancouverjake, You forgot a biggie ... AF lost a Concorde, still no blame put on AF, (despite their 'comprehensive' enquiry), yet they didn't install the protective shields adjacent to the tyres, had a wheel with a shim missing, (poor maintenance), causing the plane to steer offline, and the flight engineer shut down an engine without orders from the Captain. Still happy with AF flight crew professional standards? I'm not!!
I ain't a wantin' to start anything here, but didn't 447 take a climb into that stall as the automated systems started going beserk? If that be the case, there is a gremelin there that somebody needs to find and fast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
please make sure you or your family does not get into A330 especially if it is AIR FRANCE!
@isma Mal: Go into "Popular Squawks(last week)" and read the 2 articles about automation fear and 50 crashes. Basic skill is becoming a thing of the past, and Airbus is worst in my opinion because it's system will lock a pilot out of certain functions that may be just what is needed. None of the rest have got there yet but it is worrisome that the push now is for pilots to monitor systems and push buttons rather than manually fly the plane. Once your older generation of pilots has retired, you won't have the Sully's and those like him up front anymore. If you are a PAX, you just better pray nothing breaks.
It's an Airbus, right. Too early to conclude at this time, plus it's a different type of aircraft, A340. Also, automated disasters can happen to Boeings too, recall the B738 in Amsterdam? Faulty altimeters fed into the autopilot the order to reverse thrust, in middair. We rely too much on technology.
Did you notice the article says this was an A340? Although the picture is of an A330.