Indonesia Air Asia flight QZ 8501 went missing over the Java Sea on December 28, 2014 at 6:17 in the morning. After the shock of MH370 going missing in the same region for almost a year, people started speculating the worst. Was this aircraft another MH370? Fortunately for the families and the first wreckage was found a few hours after the crash, and definite proof of the location of the aircraft remains on December 31. But the question people are asking is what happened to the A320? So far, it seems comparably similar to Air France Flight 447 en route from Rio de Janerio to Charles de Gaulle, a A330. These aircraft were both made by the same manufacturer. Both were lost in a Intertropical Convergence Zone. In addition both of them crashed at sea, wherein debris was floating about the point of last known contact. In fact, they also both stalled mid air and the cockpit was blasting with alarms. Weather played apart in both. In the case of Air France 447, the altitude sensing pitot tubes clogged creating a false environment for the pilots. Although we are not certain about the case of Air Asia, most are sure weather played apart in the crash of the airliner, though that may not have been the only factor. An Airworthiness Directive was issued December 10, 2014, stating how control of the aircraft could be lost mid-flight because of icing on the angle of attack probes in joint with the aircraft's stall protection features. With this new addition to the air crashes of 2014, new changes will have to be made in concurrence with the Airworthiness Directive to help ensure disasters similar to this aren't a common happening.
There are so many weird things about aviation that no one really knows about. The parts of a plane for example. In the 2000's, a fully laden Boeing 737 crashed when the pilot and co-pilot were unconcious. The air-circulation aboard the aircraft was set to manual instead of auto, leading to all aboard to be knocked out after about half an hour. Except one. What a flight that must've been for him!
The oldest commercial jet still in service as of 2012 was 47 years old flying for Air Kenya. It was the 4th DC-9 ever built.
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English is the international language of aviation. All pilots, flight attendants and air traffic controllers are required by international law to speak it.
The oldest airline operating under the same title is KLM, Royal Dutch Airlines.
The pilots that flew the Concorde had to be so experienced that there are 3x as many astronauts.
Most aircraft cruise at 35,000 feet but to put into scale how high that is compared to the Earth, if the earth was a desktop globe, the average plane at 35,000 feet would only be a 1/10 of an inch above the surface.
The windshield of a 747-400 costs as much as a BMW.
In the event of a plane crash, it's often safer to be seated in the back. According to Popular Mechanics its a 40% higher chance of survival.
Wings can bend upto 13 feet in flight. They look hard, but they are built to be flexible otherwise theyll break mid-flight.
In 1987 American Airlines saved $40,000 from removing a single olive from first class passengers salad's.