Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: 2002 SLK 32 AMG, bone stock. 1987 190E 2.3-16 valve (destroyed). 2005 E320 new toy.
Location: Near Washington, DC
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At that time, United Air Lines pilots were highly trained, highly paid and very senior veterans. The fact that they were able to control the stricken aircraft in the manner they did was a testament to their combined skill and years of flight experience (something to consider when you board the "CheapJet" flight and the crew is paid just a bit more than minimum wage). That said, the flight was recreated in United's training module and no one was ever able to bring the plane in with anything close to the result of the actual event.
The fact that they had a Flight Instructor for that aircraft on board shouldn't be overlooked either. There were three guys on the flight deck that had substantial experiance, and they were all taxed to their limits to get the plane down as well as they did.
I don't care what anyone else says or thinks, but they had to have "The Big Guy" watching over them as well, or they all would have been killed.
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