NTSB says UPS cargo plane that crashed in Alabama was possibly desending too rapidly


In their preliminary analysis, the NTSB says pilots of a United Parcel Service (UPS) cargo plane that crashed in Birmingham, Alabama received two cockpit-instrument warnings that they were descending too rapidly, seconds before the jet clipped some power lines, smashed into trees and slammed into a hill less than a mile from the airport.

The Airbus (EADSY.PK) A300 freighter's cockpit-voice recorder revealed that the onboard ground-collision avoidance system twice issued warnings that the plane's "sink rate" was excessive.

Although sketchy, the information didn't reveal any specific aircraft malfunctions or system failures, and suggests that investigators are shifting their focus to examine pilot error during the final phase of the descent.

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  • vireoman
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    "Desending," were they?
    17 Aug 2013, 12:01 AM Reply Like
  • Riverrun
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    Gotta have time to spool those baby's back up or ......
    17 Aug 2013, 12:19 AM Reply Like
  • spooferanon
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    "descending too rapidly"

     

    Ah I think I get it. The plane was falling which caused it to crash.
    17 Aug 2013, 02:35 AM Reply Like
  • Abu Bakr Hussain
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    When I was studying risk management, I came across a brilliant quote.
    "Saying human error is like saying gravity caused a fall". It's true, but there are always deeper reasons. There are always lessons to be learnt and ways to prevent future tragedies.
    17 Aug 2013, 03:25 AM Reply Like
  • BIG_BEN
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    First Asiana and now this. Can pilots no longer land a plane without ILS?
    18 Aug 2013, 11:29 AM Reply Like
  • wtl
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    'Desending'? As in reverse logistics?
    19 Aug 2013, 03:17 PM Reply Like
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