A flight from Caracas to Paris, the explanation for the AF447 tragedy
Paris, September 7, 2011
A flight from Caracas to Paris could explain the mysteries surrounding the accident of Flight AF447, which crashed over the Atlantic with 228 passengers on board in 2009.
Although this aircraft was an Airbus A340 and the accident flight was an A330, the similarities have raised questions about whether the responsibility was extremely around the expertise of the crew, as it was stated in the report, or if an error in the design of the aircraft actually had something to do.
The plane took off from Caracas on July 21 and when it flew over the north of the Antilles, experienced strong turbulence after an hour and a half of flight.
At that time, the aircraft was at 35,000 feet (10,668 meters) and after the strong move the autopilot was disconnected and started up extremely fast. In just one minute reached 900 meters.
As a result of vertical ascent, the plane began to slow and reached 205 knots (369 km / h), just three knots of what was achieved by the flight AF447 when it fell into the sea.
But this time the crew acted quickly while the turbulence decreased. In the case of the tragedy, the A330 stopped functioning and free plummeted into the Atlantic.
The events are very similar between the two flights, which reopens the debate about the responsibilities that ended with the lives of 228 people. Experts try to determine if this is a design flaw in the Airbus autopilot or if the crew isn’t properly trained for such eventualities.