Sunday, December 28, 2014

Missing Air Asia Flight Reminds Us of The AF 447 From 2009.



Air France Flight 447: 'Damn it, we’re going to crash’

The Telegraph:

"In the early hours of June 1 2009, Air France Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris went missing, along with 216 passengers and 12 crew. The Airbus A330-200 disappeared mid-ocean, beyond radar coverage and in darkness. It took a shocked and bewildered Air France six hours to concede its loss and for several agonising days there was no trace. It was an utter mystery. No other airliner had vanished so completely in modern times. Even when wreckage was discovered the tragedy was no less perplexing. The aircraft had flown through a thunderstorm, but there was no distress signal, and the jet was state-of-the-art, a type that had never before been involved in a fatal accident. What had caused it to fall out of the sky?"

Opening lead on AF flight # 447 reported on April 28, 2012 after much of the information had been gathered since the June 1, 2009,  A330-200 tragedy. Something went terribly wrong and it took years to get its arms around the fatal crash.


Missing AirAsia plane QZ8501: Experts compare disappearance to vanished Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

Mirror:
Hours after the disappearance of missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 aviation experts began comparing the incident with still-missing Malaysia Airlines MH370.
The Indonesia AirAsia jet, an Airbus 320-200 carrying 155 passengers and seven crew, lost contact with Jakarta air traffic control at 2317pm GMT on Saturday.
No distress signal had been sent, said Joko Muryo Atmodjo, an Indonesian transport ministry official.
On board were 155 Indonesians, three South Koreans and one each from Singapore, Malaysia, plus a French pilot, the airline said in a statement, correcting earlier information.
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Could the same combination of weather and equipment information lead to a second crash with the A320 types? Its worth comparing both occurrences. Airbus has corrected the pitot tubes for speed indication. This is an assumption Airbus has provided for the AF 447 crash where its pilots were untrained for this occurance, and reacted poorly to the misinformation fed into the aircraft's systems. The plane eventually stalled into the ocean in a rapid descent and perished during its slam into a storm front over the Atlantic . 
Could this be a similar occurrence? Where flight, Air Asia's QZ8501 fell from some weather mishap as it was dodging storms by climbing another 6,000 feet in altitude to avoid a multi front weather anomaly. It may have succumb to systems overload and inexperienced flight crew who had not trained relating to the AF 447 incident. Did this Air Asia A320-200 have updated parts, and systems from what Airbus determined should change in a safety bulletin after the 2009 crash? Many questions are on the table as the search has not even began or ended for the missing.
I would want all scenarios on the table from the past for this equipment type. In addition, it would be important to bring in the missing Malaysia MH370 incident into the picture as well as it may have been a man made event. I believe that weather and a combination of internal issues could of made this aircraft, flight QZ8501 disappear.