Disoriented Pilots Caused Libyan Airline Crash

 Libyan Airliner
Libyan Airliner

It appears that the pilots of the Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330 were disoriented when they lost control of the aircraft after breaking off their landing approach to the Tripoli airport and attempted to increase altitude while reacting to some type of ground proximity warning.

The jet was very close to the ground at the time, roughly 1,000 feet in altitude and it was only about a minute from landing, according to those familiar with the airplane accident. While attempting the so called go around, the co-pilot overcorrected starting a series of failed maneuvers by both the pilot and co-pilot, ending in the airliners crash.

Black Boxes Recovered In Airplane Accident

Data is still being collected by an international team of investigators including seven foreign specialists and work is continuing on the decoding of the uncovered black boxes. Libyan investigators and Airbus officials believe the wide body jet was working properly before the aviation accident.

Libya has released a statement saying there was “no sign indicating a technical failure.” The airplane was only nine months old and none of its systems malfunctioned, it still had plenty of fuel feeding its engines, and there was no fire prior to impact. The airplane carried mostly Dutch tourists, 62 in all, as well as citizens of Germany, South Africa, Finland, France, Philippines, Zimbabwe and Britain.

Plane Crash Leaves Sole Survivor

There was a sole survivor, 10 year old Ruben van Assouw, who was pulled unconscious from the wreckage of the airplane accident that had killed 103 passengers. He was discovered soon after the crash and then rushed to a local hospital. Ruben has since returned home with an aunt and uncle to Tilburg, the hometown of the Van Assouws, his father Patrick, 40, his mother Trudy, 41, and his brother Enzo, all of who died in the aviation accident.

Investigators are coming to the conclusion that this was a so called loss of control airplane accident. This type of airplane accident is usually precipitated by confusion by the pilots with the computer controls. This type of plane crash has become the No. 1 passenger killer in commercial aviation worldwide.

This plane crash now has Airbus stepping up efforts to devise foolproof automated ground-collision avoidance systems. Proponents of the Airbus system believe it could have prevented several of the fatal airplane accidents in recent years that occurred because pilots lost control of their aircraft. The latest safeguards are specifically designed to prevent mistakes like those that occurred in Tripoli.

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The pilots were believed to be confused by the airplane’s computerized controls and ended up crashing a perfectly functioning commercial jet. There are many loss of control aviation accidents created when pilots are confused by the computerized controls, the Airbus system could save passenger lives, something must be done. If you or a loved one have been injured in an airplane accident please contact a qualified personal injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Nadrich & Cohen, we can help you.

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