Someone has translated the ATC transcript. Interesting to say the least...
The pilots seemed to be very insistent that they ditch, yet they had such significant control issues that they weren't able to navigate towards the coast as ATC kept giving vectors. I felt that they were so focused on it, rather than the river ditch or even look for vectors to a close by airport.
But with 36 to 40 miles to the target (coastline), with an uncontrollable aircraft, was that likely? Still, I'm no pilot and I wasn't in the coughpit...I can't wait to hear what was wrong with the controlsThey weren't actually able to follow any vectors. I expect they felt they could not even guarantee to hit a river, whilst the sea is a much bigger target. Some of those turns were basically done in the vertical...this was not an aircraft that was under control.
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But with 36 to 40 miles to the target (coastline), with an uncontrollable aircraft, was that likely?
.... The comment about seeing meteors, etc. made me curious though; do the pilots in this thread seen much in the way of meteors during their flights? Do you get good views of satellites passing over from time to time?
Obviously you see a very similar view a lot of the time, but hopefully from time to time you get to see a view that is truly awesome
At what speed does the 380 rotate? Just watched a QF take off. It rotated opposite T4 MEL. I said to my wife that while it looked like it was doing a hundred kays or so, it was probably doing 3 times that.
I am a bit confused here. jb you mention a Vr speed of 157k what does this number represent? is the k kilometers/hr, if so how does this equate to 300 kays?Thanks JB. Yeah, over 300 kays ground speed. Amazingly deceptive.
I am a bit confused here. jb you mention a Vr speed of 157k what does this number represent? is the k kilometers/hr, if so how does this equate to 300 kays?