(quote) Matthew-1066729 said:
i think this accident is further evidence that aircraft crossing oceans should be equipped with SATCOM that can transmit ACARS messages. What this allows is for the plane to send back automated maintenance messages, in addition to text messages sent by the crew themselves, to maintenance and dispatch. If the plane had this feature, we would already have a decent idea of what went wrong since the plane would have transmitted messages back to the company about each system failure during the descent into the ocean.
American Airlines flights that I am flight following are required to send periodic position reports either over ACARS or by voice communications. In addition, the fusion product we have at every dispatch desk allows me to follow the flight progress in near real time. I dont think Asian airlines have the same dispatch requirements and thus flight following may not be what it should be.
I think once and if they find the plane and the black boxes, we will all be surprised by the exact cause of the crash. After every crash, people make wild assumptions about what might have happen and what couldnt have happened. In the end, things people never thought could happen actually turned out to be the cause. Until the FDR/CVR data is obtained or the wreckage examined, we wont know exactly why the plane crashed.
No plane is ever just one thing happening. There is always a series of events of that culminates in the accident. If even one chain link is broken, the accident likely wouldnt have occurred.
Well, Matthew, since you are an Air Traffic Controller, we should take your suggestions seriously.
Now they have spotted large pieces of debris off to the East of the last reported
voice messages from the plane, obtained from Chinese satellite photos.
All I can say is that aside from finding out the real cause of the disaster, there
probably will be no good outcomes. So sad.
Our prayers are most certainly in line for the families of the passengers. It is very
hard on them now, and in the future.