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Boeing 737 pilots battled confused safety system that plunged aircraft to their deaths – black box

SkippyBing Silver badge

'Heck I used to sit in the jump seat on Tokyo to Anchorage when I was a kid for hours and well remember the clattering of the trim wheels as they spun.'

Automatically if it was a 707 or newer.

'If you can't reliably hand-fly the plane from end to end you're NOT doing your job, your fitness to task is not acceptable, and your route is too damn long, and/or you're under-crewed.'

And what advantage is there to an aircraft being hand flown across the Atlantic? Literally none, and in fact when pilots were doing it there were far more crashes than there are now. To demonstrate more graphically look at the charts linked below, as automation has increased the accident rate has fallen and aviation has become safer year on year. 2017 was the safest year on record, despite there being more flights than ever and more automation than ever. Your argument that pilots should be doing all the flying and computers removed from the equation isn't backed up by any data.

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