Re: Airbus Safety

Date:         12 Oct 98 00:02:25 
From:         "David G. Davidson" <tristar500@earthlink.net>
Organization: EarthLink Network, Inc.
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Arne Stuermer wrote:
> a Lufthansa A320 in Warsaw, Poland. This was a hull loss
> on landing, after spoilers and thrust reversers could not be deployed
> during a landing on a wet runway. Apparently aquaplaning was an issue,
> prompting the planes computers yo not get the necessary all-wheels
> down signal necessary for this deployment.

A Piedmont 737-200 had a very similar accident. The crew landed too fast
on a wet runway. The airplane didn't settle down and didn't get the
weight-on-wheels signal or wheel spinup. The reversers wouldn't deploy
and the spoilers didn't come up by themselves. Guess what? No computers
involved, just a bunch of relays and switches. Let's get off this "the
Airbus is a terrible airplane with all it's computers taking over for
the pilot" line. It's wearing thin.

Dave