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Old 3rd Jun 2009, 15:42
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Just a Coffin Corner Encounter?

Air France Flight 447 Crash Cause

Interesting compendium of emails on the AF447 accident.

Seems to suggest that a risk-taking approach to operations in coffin corner was an equally likely culprit. More likely than a lightning strike anyway. If so, it was possibly unwise to do that above a very active ITCZ at night.

Look out below. Tired crews with low awareness levels don't react very well when things suddenly come unstuck.

Cruise captains are likely to be not as well prepared for a sudden coffin corner encounter. The two seats might suddenly end up in disagreement on the appropriate recovery action (roll direction?). Or maybe (the emails suggest) the Airbus will have a third opinion as to which way the pilots "can" roll-out for recovery (rather than "should").
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