Jon Simpson

Death in the Atlantic: The Last Four Minutes of Air France Flight 447

25 Feb 2010

Detailed analysis of one of the more mysterious air crashes of recent times. The following line at the end of the article really hit me though:

For several years now, Airbus has offered its customers a special safety program - called “Buss” – at a cost of €300,000 per aircraft. If the airspeed indicator fails, this software shows pilots the angle at which they must point the plane.

It boggles the mind that this is an ‘optional extra’.