Tuesday, July 9, 2013 2:45:10 AM
Pilot in training, eh? Little more gas there, more gas. MORE GAS! I'm sorry Mr Kim, I have to inform you that you have failed you first pilot`s test. I am thankful that in all of my overseas career I never had a bad flight. I now have to contend with the next item on the list of things that end life.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 1:17:57 AM
whodat, just to be clear, please know that I wasn't blaming you or saying your link was bad or wrong or anything. I apologize if I came off that what. I was just trying (poorly apparently) to offer another article so we could read another POV. I`m clueless on this stuff and it`s a tragedy and so I`m just trying to read up on it. My sincere apologies if I sounded in any way like you were wrong or endorsing something that was wrong.
Monday, July 8, 2013 9:12:56 PM
It sounds backwards, but in a fixed-wing aircraft, the throttle controls the rate of climb/descent; the elevator controls the airspeed. Keep that in mind.
The plane was coming in at a steep angle, essentially coasting with the engines idling. That's not unusual or dangerous in and of itself.
As they got closer, though, the pilot realized the plane was on a path to land short of the runway. He pulled back on the yoke when he should have added power. Pulling the nose up flattened out the angle of descent TEMPORARILY, but what it REALLY did was drastically reduce their airspeed. The pilot thought he had enough momentum (big planes have lots of that) to maintain his speed till he got to the runway. He was wrong. Pulling the nose up is like hitting the brakes.
He hit the seawall with his tail and broke it off. The rest is on TV.
Monday, July 8, 2013 8:07:38 PM
I just don't understand how anyone who`s flown a Cessna for a few hours wouldn`t know you have to watch your approach speed to avoid stalling. Being a newbie on a 777 is NO excuse whatsoever for suddenly realizing you`re falling out of the sky, and I find it hard to believe each pilot was waiting for the other to point that out.
Monday, July 8, 2013 7:50:18 PM
In training? More likely he SHOULD have been in training, but apparently the people who were supposed to be training him decided to f*** off and let him try to land it all by himself. Then when the alarms finally went off, it was too late.