December 7, 2006

WHICH IS WHY YOU WON'T GET AMERICANS TO FLY THIRD WORLD:

Brazil to let US pilots go home after crash probe (Reuters, 12/05/06)

While officials and the Brazilian media were quick to accuse the U.S. pilots in the first few weeks after the crash, media attention has recently shifted toward air traffic controllers, who complain of an excessive workload, low pay and blind spots in radar coverage.

Investigators still have to find out why collision avoidance equipment did not work and why the two planes were flying toward each other at the same altitude of 37,000 feet (11,000 metres).

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 7, 2006 3:40 PM
Comments

Do you mean the Boeing 737 that went down in part because the transponder wasn't working properly?

Posted by: Rick T. at December 7, 2006 3:56 PM

The transponder was fine, it's just the Brazilians were ATCing.

Posted by: oj at December 7, 2006 3:57 PM

Sorry, I stand corrected.

Posted by: Rick T. at December 7, 2006 4:43 PM

Regardless of ATC, something went wrong with the TCAS systems, or at least one of the pilots failed to follow TCAS commands.

Additionally, unless one of the airplanes happened to be climbing through FL370 at impact, one of the aircraft was at the wrong altitude for the heading.

That could be an ATC issue, but the pilot should have known better than to accept an incorrect cruise altitude.

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at December 8, 2006 3:39 AM

Should have known better than to fly Third World, most Americans do.

Posted by: oj at December 8, 2006 7:28 AM
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