Re: Peruvian 757 crash -- possible cause reported

Date:         13 Nov 96 02:41:21 
From: (David T. Medin)
Organization: Rockwell Avionics - Collins, Cedar Rapids, IA
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In article <airliners.1996.2359@ohare.Chicago.COM>, writes:
|> I agree that adding more hardware/software to a plane every time
|> there is a particular accident will add weight, complexity, and might
|> not make the plane any safer.
|> I just wonder about gps, however.
|> I own a gps that costs 300 bucks, and can display location, speed, and
|> altitude with reasonalbe accuracy.  Is every airliner equiped with a gps
|> now, and if so why not? This device could also prevent kal-007 type
|> accidents.

One additional thought: I don't think GPS would have prevented the KAL
shootdown. The FMS had been misprogrammed by the pilot as to the
route. The nav sensors had been deemed to be operating correctly.
The pilots inherently trusted where the FMS was taking them...
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