THE LOSS OF DC4 VH-ANA "AMANA"  

Looking west, the direction from which the aircraft came, possibly striking trees on the hill in the background.   Note the new wreckage in the foreground.


It must have taken an exceptional piece of flying and CRM to determine why engines one, two and three had failed and to recover them again, at 10:12 at night, while gliding from  a mere five or six thousand feet, and while trying to prevent the heavy airliner from stalling.   Did they still have cockpit lighting?   Was the aircraft controlable following the initial contact with the trees?

The inquiry was moderately critical of the crew for not contacting ATC with the problem.

There is a saying in the flying game,"Aviate, Navigate, Communicate, in that order". 

I'm sorry Your Honour but under the circumstances I feel the crew were probably busy attending to step one.


Looking west, the direction from which the aircraft came, possibly striking trees on the hill in the background. Note the new wreckage in the foreground.


It must have taken an exceptional piece of flying and CRM to determine why engines one, two and three had failed and to recover them again, at 10:12 at night, while gliding from a mere five or six thousand feet, and while trying to prevent the heavy airliner from stalling. Did they still have cockpit lighting? Was the aircraft controlable following the initial contact with the trees?

The inquiry was moderately critical of the crew for not contacting ATC with the problem.

There is a saying in the flying game,"Aviate, Navigate, Communicate, in that order".

I'm sorry Your Honour but under the circumstances I feel the crew were probably busy attending to step one.


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