From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Phydeaux) Date: 30 Apr 93 02:37:37 PDT Organization: E 4th St Home For The Overeducated Underemployed - New Jersey Div.
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Today's Wall Street Journal (4/26/93) has a front page article on a problem with 747 autopilots. The problem has to do with the autopilot banking the plane to one side. Apparantly last year an Evergreen International 747 on a cargo flight with its autopilot set on slowly banked to the right 90 degrees. It dropped from 31000ft to 19000 feet and then made an emergency landing. This is the 30th such roll incident according to the FAA. The incidents included both fast and slow rolls. Engineers apparantly can't agree on where the problem lies. Boeing sayspilots should pay closer attention to their job, while It's an interesting article. I'd be happy to fax it off or send a .GIF file of it to someone with OCR software so it can be posted. reb PS: This is a problem with the autopilots on all but the -400 series 747s. The -400s use a different autopilot.