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    on wiki that the 777 is Boeing's first Fly-by-wire (FBW) aircraft.  FBW is a system that replaces the conventional manual flight controls of an aircraft with an electronic interface. The movements of flight controls are converted to electronic signals transmitted by wires (hence the fly-by-wire term), and flight control computers determine how to move the actuators at each control surface to provide the ordered response. The 777 is also the first entirely computer-designed commercial

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      RiveroftheWest, Faito

      This is the second 777 crash in its nearly 20 years. The first one was a few years ago - a 777 crashed just short of the runway at London Heathrow, thankfully no fatalities. That one was caused by ice crystals forming in the fuel lines.

      And while it may have been the first FBW aircraft, it is certainly not the only one, and any modern jetliner is. FBWs are just as safe as any other aircraft, perhaps more. And there is plenty of redundancy on the systems.

      "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

      by yg17 on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 07:16:49 PM PDT

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