Re: FLY-BY-WIRE (AIRBUS vs. BOEING)

From:         kls@ohare.Chicago.COM (Karl Swartz)
Organization: Chicago Software Works, Menlo Park, California
Date:         01 Jun 95 05:00:54 
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>With the exception of the last A310 crash, which the latest info I
>have says it was caused by a bomb ...

That's pretty old info -- within a few weeks of the TAROM A310 crash,
the bomb theory had been discarded.  It now appears that the throttle
linkage for the #2 engine jammed, which prevented that enginge from
reducing power from takeoff thrust.  The autothrottle system tried to
compensate by reducing power on the #1 engine further, eventually to
flight idle, producing a highly asymmetric thrust situation.  Even at
this point the aircraft was recoverable, but apparently the pilots
failed to recognize what was happening and did not respond to the
asymmetry.  Their lack of response, which is as yet unexplained,
appears to have ultimately caused the crash.

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