From: email@example.com (Scott Odle) Organization: Earthlink Network, Inc. Date: 08 Nov 96 05:24:23 References: 1 2 3
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In article <airliners.1996.2284@ohare.Chicago.COM>, kls@ohare.Chicago.COM says... > >>>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. > >>Under the FARs the above should not be possible. > >Huh? At best, assuming the design meets the FARs as certified, the >above should be exceedingly unlikely. That's not the same as "not >possible." > Unless there is direct evidence to the contrary, you have to assume it met the certification requirements. And if it did, the design of the aircraft along with the requirements of FAR 25 would lead anyone who is involved in this type of work to conclude that saying "exceeding unlikely" is a understatement. To lose everything that leaves the aircraft uncontrollable you would need multiple unrelated failures to occur, in certification terms it would have a probabilty of less that 10-9 (probably alot less). Of course nothing is impossible, but to base conclusion on the small amount of words transmitted by the pilot is speculation at best, unless there is someone out there was was capable of reading his mind at the time of the accident.