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View Diary: Asiana 214 SFO Crash *UPDATED 2X** (17 comments)

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    The 777 is very similar to the 757.

    On the 757, when you select FLCH to descend, the auto-throttles go to idle and the plane will pitch to maintain whatever airspeed is selected.

    When the plane reaches the selected altitude the auto-throttles will come up to maintain whatever airspeed is selected.

    FLCH is still a fairly "smart" autopilot mode. To get as low and slow as they did would require really screwing up FLCH by dialing in the wrong airspeed and/or altitude.

    It could be done but it would take a pretty major screw-up.

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 01:25:59 PM PDT

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