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Old 27th May 2011, 17:43
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SeenItAll
 
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I am not a pilot, but have some knowledge of vectors and physics.

It seems to me that the critical fact is that the plane was pitched up, but the pilot input was to command nose up. It it possible that this incongruous situation was the result of a huge discrepancy between pitch (which is relative to the horizon) and AoA (which is relative to the apparent wind vector)?

If, for example, the plane was caught in a draft of wind from below (which might explain some of the altitude gain), wouldn't the AoA indication be negative -- and the pilot's response be to command nose down -- even while the plane's pitch was positive? Or is my thinking garbage? Don't worry about being harsh with me, I don't claim to be an expert.
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