x9200 wrote:If correct it seems to suggests an extreme weather afterall.
Seems like it right now, even though it is extremely rare to lose a plane due to atmospheric conditions at this stage of the flight. Still surprised that not a single word was uttered via the radio... I guess we'll have to wait until the flight recorders are recovered to learn more about what happened.
Definitely taking the A380 on my next flight though... always feel better on big planes, just like I feel safer at sea on big cruiseliners.
If I recall, aviators are taught to "AVIATE, NAVIGATE and finally, COMMUNICATE"
If a situation develops, figuring out the nearest Traffic control's frequency should not the top of the priority, I understood !
btw, if the plane disintegrated, the ELTs would have been triggered automatically, sending out coordinates of the crash.
X9200, in the early stages of Airbus' full FBW, they had some issues, where the software decides how the plane should fly, based on inputs of the rest of the system, and 'apparently' there was some hair raising moments.
And atleast on one crash, Airbus described the software logic, that is pretty mind boggling
Like, for the auto brake to kick in, there has to be some amount of weight detected on the landing gears, and if not, the plane will not start to brake, for example, to prevent in flight deployment of brakes etc. and that was after the TAM crash, such reading was public
I too read of massive downdrafts or updrafts in South Asian skies, that could have done unexpected damage
Though the numerous ships and equipment means there will be a closure sooner !
BTW, I saw Indonesia has gone on their own blame game, saying the flight was not authorised .. yah right ..
PS, Russia sent in a BE 200 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beriev_Be-200