« on: June 18, 2013, 02:26:30 PM »
If they couldn't be bothered to read the manuals then what can one say.
Software programs overriding manual control is nothing unusual, it ends up saving lives more often than not - humans are humans after all.
In aircraft, that is true, its the extent of computer control that is the issue. Sometimes tha ability to put a plane into a dangerously steep dive to avoid a accident will save a few hundred lives. Sometimes the ability to override a malfunctioning instrument will save lives.
With a aircraft, there are just so many possibilities that letting a computer over ride a pilot should only happen in very few cases.
There are plenty of pilot caused accidents, but the computer caused ones are painful, particularly when the pilot is not able to over ride it.
Someone who thinks that a pilots manual covers all the tiny technical details needs to read one. They can't possibly be large enough to cover everything, and they don't. A pilot needs to be able to find information reasonably quickly. That was definitely a abnormal thing for a pilot to do, but it should not have resulted in a accident. I'll bet the software was revised quietly later on. The FAA and EASA don't like computer software to promote accidents.