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France - Mulhouse - Airbus A320 Crash during auto landing

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Published on Aug 24, 2007

The Airbus was the first fully electronic automated plane, with no eletromechanic controls or cables.
During their first commercial record of a landing, they lost an aircraft and a team of pilots and technicians due computer problems on board - by Captain Bill

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Bungle2010
I don't know where this bullshit comes from, but it's wrong on just about everything.  This wasn't a "landing", it was a low pass demo at an airshow.  They haven't tried to "design the pilot out of the cockpit", as fly-by-wire planes, which is what this is, are still very much pilot flown.  And this is this is not "the first fully automated plane" as it was being flown by human pilots. This is a very well known accident, so where this bs comes from I no idea. Classic example of how you should never trust everything you see on the internet....
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moeburn
Atlanticobr, can you please edit your title and description?  They are completely false.  This was not an auto-landing.  This was a fly-by at an airshow.  Both the captain and Airbus are partially at fault - Airbus for telling him to do a low altitude flyby with hundreds of passengers on board at alpha-max angle of attack, and for authorizing an illegal flight plan that put him at 100ft, 400 feet below the legal requirement.  The captain was at fault for going even lower than that flight plan, down to 30 feet, for not reconning the air show so that he would know there were trees, for mis-setting the barometric altimeter to make him think he was higher than he was, for ignoring the radar altimeter, and possibly for providing thrust too late. There still remains a mystery - the photo that newspapers published of crew recovering the black box recorder - the box looks much different than the black box that Airbus provided in court.  There is also a 4-second discrepancy in the black box data that they provided in court - 4 seconds of data are missing when compared from the official records.  Despite this, they still convicted the pilot and not Airbus.
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deweypug
This was not an intended landing OR a takeoff - it was supposed to be a 'flyby' for spectators at an airshow.  The computer detected the 'nose high' attitude at the slow speed as a stall and tried to correct it by lowering the nose... Didn't we learn anything from the mistake of the M-9 computer when they installed it on the Enterprise?
bison1203
Did anyone else find the commentary/video combination to be inappropriately hilarious?
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Na Ich halt.
Fucking lier! Bullshit!!! There was a pilot! I am from basel
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hibob418
My God, are these unmanned plane idiots still at it? Four years later and natural selection hasn't gotten rid of these colossal losers... Please ignore them. This was Air France flight 296Q, a promotional charter trip of a brand new Airbus A320 doing a flyby at the Habsheim aeroclub airshow in June, 1988. The plane was full of people, many who'd won their seats through a contest at a bank. 136 souls aboard, 3 fatalities, 2 of whom were children. The unmanned plane trolls and their gleeful disinformation insult the memories and the tragic loss of these people.
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Nox665
I liked the fact the witnesses wait until they saw the smoke before going "oh my god oh no oh no etc etc..). When the plane went into the wood they must have thought it was going to come out with a couple of trees and monkeys attached on it...
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Mynamenotimportant
Ok here is the big question.....why would people get onto a plane that has no pilots?
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aguywhodoesntexist
"This is the first fully automated plane. Flown by a computer" Well that explains some of the commenters. Oh nooooo, ah noooooo, aw nooooooo, ohh nooooooooo
adriansi1111
The cause of the crash was a secuence of crew members errors, not due to computer problems!. The official final report here: http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19880626-0
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