July 29, 2011

Report Questions Pilot Training in Disaster


“The recorders from the plane, which plunged into the Atlantic Ocean in June 2009 on its way from Brazil to France with the loss of 228 passengers and crew, were recovered in May, after almost two years on the sea bed.

The recorders revealed the pilots had failed to discuss repeated stall warnings and “had received no high altitude training” to deal with the situation, the BEA said.

It remains a puzzle as to why the pilots continued to apply nose-up input to the aircraft, even as they plummeted 38,000 feet to the Atlantic Ocean. Every aircraft is equipped with a non-electronic, mechanical artificial horizon that would have clearly shown a nose-high attitude as a result of their input. They stalled an otherwise sound aircraft.