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


Re: Hey software, get the fuck out of the way!

<< As I understand it the two-inputs alarm did ring. But the pilots were too distracted by other alarms to notice. >>

My recollection is that the pilots were not fighting over the control of the plane. The captain put the younger pilot in charge before going to bed. When the Pitot probes froze, this pilot set the plane in a steep climb, as the book recommended, but without informing his colleague. The plane stalled. At an altitude of 600 m, he told his colleague about what he was doing for the last five minutes or so. The more experienced pilot understood immediately what was happening ; he took over and set the plane in a dive. Near the water surface, the younger pilot got scared and battled with his colleague for control. It was too late, anyway.

That is what I remember from reading the investigation report ; I might be wrong.

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