Re: Boeing 737 crash

From: (Stephan Tolboom)
Organization: Tilburg University / The Netherlands
Date:         12 Jan 95 01:56:05 
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In Article <airliners.1995.11@ohare.Chicago.COM> " (Jim Wolper)" says:
> The fact that the aircraft's altimeter had been set in Amsterdam is
> not relevant, since it had spent time flying above the transition
> level.  This varies from country to country, but above this altitude
> all altimeters are set to standard pressure (29.92"Hg or equivalent
> metric settings).  A more likely problem would in fact be a confusion
> as to whether the altimeter setting received from ATS was in 
> millibars or inches; several accidents and incidents have been traced
> to this problem.
Another thing that definately rules out the altimeter story is that the
plane didn't come from Amsterdam but from East Midlands airport.(which lies
considerably above sea-level). 
What Mr. Wolper says seems very credible, don't forget the plane had an
Algerian crew.