Re: Peruvian 757 crash

From: (Scott Odle)
Organization: Earthlink Network, Inc.
Date:         06 Nov 96 05:12:37 
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In article <airliners.1996.2270@ohare.Chicago.COM>, says...
>I've been lurking, waiting to see any more information on the Peruvian
>757 crash a couple of weeks ago.  All I've seen so far is very sketchy
>and self-contradictory information from the newspaper.
>>From what I can tell, it would appear that the 757 suffered some kind of
>major failure in the electronics.  The pilot was quoted as saying that
>"the computers are going crazy" and that he did not know where he was.
>He pleaded for a guide plane to help him navigate back to the airport.
>Then somehow the plane went into the water.
>This sounds like it COULD be the ultimate glass-cockpit horror story:
>they suffered an electrical or electronic failure that was so complete
>that it left the plane uncontrollable.  Is this is the event that the
>glass-cockpit opponents have been predicting?

Its way to early to speculate, although, I have no doubt tha the opponents
of the glass cockpit will try to point to this even though they have no
evidence as to what happened and why.  Under the FARs the above should
not be possible.

I also think your statement below may be a bettter desciption (the part
about being distracted, etc.).  Also, I thought the visibility was day/vfr
although not without haze/some clouds.

>However I would be quicker to believe that the computers did something
>unexpected, and the pilots were so distracted that they forgot about
>flying the airplane.  Or perhaps they got disoriented under night/low-
>visibility conditions and lost control that way.
>Is there any more information out there yet?

Not reliable info.  Everyone needs to wait for the official accident report.