Charl wrote: Wonder for what purpose it was made.
Air NZ scare takes off on YouTube
By MICHAEL FIELD "â€œ New Zealand Sunday Star Times | Sunday, 28 January 2007
An unusual incident in which an Air New Zealand aircraft nearly flew itself straight into the Pacific Ocean has become a must-watch video among international pilots and, to the embarrassment of the airline, on YouTube.com.
In the little known drama, a Boeing 767 with 176 people aboard, including three pilots, was using an instrument landing system (ILS) at Samoa's Faleolo Airport about midnight on July 29, 2000.
Unbeknown to the pilots, the ILS in Samoa had been damaged by a ditch digger. The signals were faulty and prompted a rapid increase in speed and a steep descent toward the airport.
Although they knew something was wrong, the pilots continued to accept ILS information.
The pilots tried speedbrakes and even the landing gear to slow themselves down although the ILS data in the cockpit kept telling them they were on a standard approach. Just 120m above the water, the pilots simultaneously realised they were in trouble.
The DVD, which re-enacts the drama, has the co-pilot suddenly blurting out "s"â€œ-, those lights are close" just as all three pilots reached for controls to put on power and climb out of the crisis.
The drama was regarded as so unusual that Air New Zealand, in co- operation with Boeing Aircraft, Airbus and Flight Safety Foundation, made a 32-minute training film on it entitled NZ60 A Free Lesson.
It was not intended for the public, but has recently shown up on popular video website YouTube, owned by Google.
When told about it last week, Air New Zealand's initial reaction was to approach Google to get it pulled. But they backed off, as have many other copyright holders in the face of YouTube's popularity.
Air New Zealand spokeswoman Pamela Wong said the YouTube version was abridged and did not include the technical analysis of why the Boeing received incorrect signals.
"We're disappointed to learn that an edited version of this video has been posted onto the internet," she said.
"The video offers some good learnings for the aviation industry, in which a potential incident resulting from external factors outside the control of the crew, was averted by sound teamwork."