This week's Movie Monday explores Air Transat Flight 236. The flight, a transatlantic A330-200 crossing from Toronto to Lisbon, took place on August 24, 2001. The cause of the accident, which resulted in 18 minor injuries and no fatalities amongst the 306 on board, was traced to a fuel leak on the right hand side of the aircraft, resulting from improper maintenance conducted five days prior to the flight. Once the aircraft ran out fuel over the Atlantic Ocean, the A330 was forced to make a dead stick landing with 200 knot approach speed into the Azores.
The dramatization is a decidedly overdone, but this incident and its importance was largely overshadowed by 9/11 just a few weeks later. One comment in part two of this 2003 documentary stood out. It was a comment from an Airbus pilot about moisture and the sensors of the A330 systems architecture. Possibly a throwaway line when the program was first made, but it certainly caught my notice.
***Editors Note - This is the first time I've tried to incorporate Movie Monday with Apture, please let me know if it displays alright.