From: email@example.com (Mike Musielski) Organization: Planet Access Networks - Stanhope, NJ Date: 29 Dec 95 22:22:21 References: 1 2 3
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: >Does any one have any idea about what happened ? Reports this morning from cockpit voice recorder and tower tapes seem to indicate pilot and copilot engaged in conversation about flight attendants schedules and passed the tulua vor which was an assigned reporting point for a direct approach into cali 19 using the vor/ndb approach. Plane was prolly on autopilot and they plugged in tulua coordinates on the nav computor which caused autopilot to initiate a left turn. Pilot realizing terrain and no turns should be happening at this point flipped off autopilot and initiates a right turn to get back on flight path down the valley smacked into mountain trying to climb with speed brakes deployed and power added. At this point the speculation is that the autopilot made the turn but the NTSB did make mention of the autopilot mode being changed. If the turn was continued to counterclockwise and the descent arrested at the point of the turn to the right being initiated they prolly would have made it.