Saturday, July 6, 2013

Airplane accident

There was a bad airplane crash at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).  Airliner crashes have become very rare in recent years, largely because pilots are better trained, and modern airplanes have become more, for lack of a better expression, idiot proof.

I don't know what caused the Asiana Boeing 777 to crash short of the runway, and neither do you, or any of the "experts" and no nothings on the cable news channels, but their coverage and speculation is infuriating to me.

The weather at SFO was good, there were no windshear alerts or low visibility issues, yet, a B-777 managed to land well short of the normal touchdown area of runway 28R.  From the videos and photos I saw, it hit the ground in the approach chevrons, and most of the wreckage there is the tail section.  As an aviation professional, I'd hazard a guess it was a tail strike at a high rate of decent and a high angle of attack.  Still I don't know, and the people speculating on CNN and FOX don't know either.

But what really ticked me off was immediately after the crash some reporterette at CNN said that the plane was cartwheeling down the runway.  NO it wasn't.  The plane is to the left of runway 28L and not far forward of the end of the runway, and nowhere near the touchdown zone that is 1500 feet from the runway end.

The NTSB will eventually determine the cause of this crash, and the authorities need to have long interviews with the Korean crew before they hightail it back to Korea.  Covering up airplane accidents is what they do in South Korea, where saving face is more important than saving lives.  Talk to these guys now, and do not let them out of the country until at least preliminary results of the crash are known.

In the meantime, you people in the so called news media need to shut up unless you are even remotely educated in the aviation industry.


 Because I keep hearing "journalists" saying that the airplane cartwheeled. IT DID NOT.  Last heavy jet I've seen was the United Airlines Flight 232 Sioux City crash, where they lost almost all their hydraulic systems, and the fact that anyone survived was a miracle.

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