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To: ArrogantBustard
TCAS!!!! WHAT TCAS????

To avoid what he thought was an imminent collision, the first officer overrode the auto-pilot by forcefully pressing on the control column, pushing the passenger jet into a dive.

The investigation found that the first officer, who had been asleep for about 75 minutes, was suffering "sleep inertia" magnified by fatigue. The report notes flight crews did not fully understand the risks associated with fatigue, nor were they following standard procedures for "strategic napping," which is normally of 40 minutes duration.

22 posted on 04/17/2012 12:39:01 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
TCAS may have been a contributing factor, oddly enough:

At the same time, a U.S. air force Boeing C–17 was coming from the opposite direction about 300 metres below them. The approach sparked cockpit alerts, which the captain mentioned to his groggy flight officer.To avoid what he thought was an imminent collision, the first officer overrode the auto-pilot by forcefully pressing on the control column, pushing the passenger jet into a dive.

So ... groggy co-pilot awakes to "TRAFFIC ... TRAFFIC ... TRAFFIC", sees Venus and dives to avoid, when (if anything) he should have climbed to avoid. The C-17 was below them. Letting anyone sleep near the controls is insane ...

28 posted on 04/17/2012 1:08:56 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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