9 thoughts on “Baffling Boeing 767 Crash Under Investigation

  1. It is also possible that the crew was experiencing a runaway trim. This can be subtle and as soon as flaps LE and TE are selected it can put the aircraft in an extremely dangerous nose down attitude. Pressure on the controls is immense and the autopilot will disconnect when it is unable to overcome the control forces.

  2. The one thing here that stands out to me is the controller saying they can’t deviate in a certain direction. This is something I hear more and more often. A controller should never refuse a pilots request to deviate. A controller has many options. They are sitting in a cushy chair in a warm room. My advice to pilots is if you need to deviate is tell the controller you are deviating, don’t ask. If the controller isn’t sharp enough to amend your alt or make a quick coordination call then they are in the wrong business.

  3. If the people on the scene cannot figure it out yet, I am sure all the arm chair fliers cannot either. My only question: Is it normal for the FBI to be called in immediately after any crash? That was surely the case here from what I saw.

  4. Descending, the jet enters strong headwinds from a microburst. This slows it sown considerably. Then it enters strong tailwinds, and stalls. The wing no longer has lift, so the nose drops sharply. Too close to ground to recover from the stall.

  5. As you mentioned…. The Flight Recorders will be our best friend here which will bring the preliminary cause(s) to light in a hurry. With Stick Shakers and other devices an out and out stall is unlikely; and with that nose down attitude your thought about a catastrophic load shift makes sense. I can only imagine what the Voice Recorder(s) will reveal. OMG.

  6. I recall that early 767’s had inflight thrust reverser problems . Although bulletins and corrections were ordered the issue should not be forgotten.
    I see no mention anywhere.

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