Pilot Error In Crash

May 24, 2011 by USA Post 

Pilot Error In CrashPilot Error In Crash, Two years after an Air France plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil, researchers are beginning to reconstruct the probable sequence of events that took place immediately before the collision with the black boxes recently retired debris on the ocean floor.

According to the Wall Street Journal and other sources, initial reports indicate pilot error may have played a crucial role in causing the accident. So now the “blame game” has begun. Pilot error could have been a major cause of the accident, but it is unlikely that the whole cause of this accident. Commercial airplane accidents almost always the result of a series of blunders that all happen at the same time and often involve the guilt of more than one party.

According to the Journal article, the pilots “was distracted by the defective speedometer and did not adequately deal with other vital systems, including adjustment of engine power.” Well, so pilots should have paid more attention to indicators of failure, but why these indicators of a malfunction and is responsible for that?

The crew did not follow standard procedures for maintaining the air speed and maintain the level of the nose of the aircraft, the newspaper said. It seems likely that the pilots were confused by the alarms and warnings sounded. They were “unable to resolve the chaos and maintain a steady course,” says the Journal article, giving more credence to the theory of pilot error.

But what about the faulty speedometer? If those had not malfunctioned pilots are not distracted. The newspaper article also states that in a period of six years prior to the crisis, Airbus identified 32 similar cases where “the accumulation of ice at high altitudes caused ‘erroneous airspeed indications.”

In April 2009, approximately 45 days before the crash, Airbus, Air France offers to exchange the defective part, called “pitot tube”, which was prone to icing on a different part that was less likely to be affected by ice. Air France received the first batch of spare parts only six days before the accident. The really sad fact is that this tragedy could have easily been avoided if the replacement part had already been installed on the aircraft before the ill-fated flight.

Pilot error now appears to play a much smaller role in the sequence of events leading to the accident. Airbus, Air France and European regulators everyone knew about the problem of ice formation, according to the Journal article, and yet allowed the flights to operate with one hand that there was at least 32 times in other aircraft over a period of six years.

Because none of the other incidents had led to an accident, “European regulators decided aviation chain of ice problems Pitot tube in widebody aircraft model Airbus was not serious enough to require the mandatory replacement of pitot tubes, “says the Journal article. Nothing can be done to rewrite the past, but surely hope the new tubes, Pitot tube less prone to ice formation have been installed in all other wide-bodied Airbus and anyone else with a similar role.

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