Signing up could earn you gear and it helps to keep offensive content off of our site.
Visit our Flying shop
Regarding Going Direct, Flying July 2011 " To Push or to Pull'. I take issue with your asertation that the pilot pulled and finished the plane off. Based on what you wrote I don't think you reviewed the raw data of the accident. I have two points to make. First, the Q400 has a stick pusher for a reason. I have yet to read why the manufacture installed such a system at great cost. Second if you look at the data that the NTSB put out, you might notice that some point before the loss of directional control the gear and the Flaps were retracted. The voice recorder never recorded the commading or the movement of these items. I would bet that the Captain had one or both hands on the control wheel and the other hand if not on the wheel on the thrust levers. So how did the gear and flaps get retracted? Who retracted them? Bottom line, with the flaps being retracted in the aircrafts current state I don't think push or pull would have made any difference. The Aircraft lost lift when the flaps were retracted, now well below stall for configuration. All were along for the ride. It's funny to me that this issue is never brought up. An accident of this magnitude very rarely occur because of one error being made. The data I used and referenced was produced on the NTSB site. Something doesn't add up here.
Captain Mike Larkin
Key Biscayne, FL
Common sense should always come first.
Copyright © 2013 FLYING. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.