Jan. 2, 2014: AirAsia 8501: Our friend Geoff Thomas has an interesting commentary about the AirAsia 8501 story. Also, an Airbus A330 pilot for a major US airline, offered these observations about QZ8501. A Linkedin profile suggests this pilot flies for Delta Air Lines.
We are now beginning to see more and more “conclusions” about what happened to 8501 from people who are being described as “experts.” Some of these are people we’ve never heard of, although this isn’t necessarily indicative that they don’t know what they are talking about–but we don’t think they do.
Since the airplane hasn’t been confirmed as found (searchers only think they’ve found it, but bad weather and bad seas have, at this writing, prevented confirmation), nor have the black boxes been recovered, the conclusions being set forth are interesting theories but that’s all they are.
Most of these possibilities are precisely what we’ve reported as areas of investigation and questions to be asked and answered. They way these “experts” are positioning possibilities is actually pretty embarrassing.
Treat these reports with the skepticism they deserve.
One thing we are surprised at: how quickly one of the few victims recovered has been buried. We thought an autopsy would take longer, and an autopsy would be the first clear indication of what happened: whether the victims died by blunt force trauma (i.e, impact with the water) or from decompression (suggesting an inflight fuselage rupture or mid-air break up).
Sixteen bodies are now reported to have been recovered (at 8:30pm PST Jan. 1).
PNAA Conference: The Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance is holding its annual conference Feb. 10-12 in Lynnwood (WA), north of Seattle. This conference is now the largest of its kind on the US West Coast, with nearly 500 professional and speakers attending. Scott Hamilton of Leeham Co. is among the presenters, along with consultant Richard Aboulafia, Randy Tinseth of Boeing, Kent Fisher of Boeing’s Supply Chain management, Simon Pickup of Airbus, Tobias Caldas of Embraer, and a number of suppliers, including Spirit Aerosystem. Click on the PNAA banner ad above to get a direct link to their conference website.
FWIW: As we looked at our annual statistics for 2014, we viewed the Browsers and Operating Systems. For what it’s worth: