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Home > Thunderstorms > Would you fly into a thunderstorm?
Would you fly into a thunderstorm?
Weather - Thunderstorms
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 17:23

Crash of AF Flight 447

Hi Captain Lim

Just curious.

What would you do, if you were a pilot on Flight 447 to avoid that situation?

This aircraft is a pretty good one, with weather radar and everything.

Normally I would never fly into a thunderstorm if I could see it 100 miles ahead on my weather radar.

What do you think? alt

Best regards

Inuk
from Greenland.

Hi Inuk,

Just like you, I would avoid the thunderstorm as much as I could by at least 20 nautical miles as recommended.

As it was, according to reports, the fated plane somehow was caught inside a severe thunderstorm that tripped the automation. Coupled with loss of flight instruments (due to iced-up pitot tubes), with no proper horizon at night and near the “coffin corner”, the plane stalled at high speed as a result. (See the Aircrash Investigation videos below.)

A good advice to all pilots – stay clear of all thunderstorms as much as possible!

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This is very scary and it was the first or last time the Pitot Tube would fail. Why couldn't they come up with a better design?
Andy , 02 Sep, 2012

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