GalaxyFlyer wrote:Well, it certainly could make a 90 degree turn, if the flt plan or pilot called for it.
No.... a flight plan is just that......a plan.... it is telling the controlling agency what your “plan” is. The plane is flown by pilots who can program a plane or fly it them self’s . The plane cannot turn based what you wrote on a piece of paper. You have to command the autopilot or couple it to the flight management system or hand fly it to cause it to turn. I am not making fun of you as it is clear you are not a pilot. I am just pointing out a flight plan is just a plan. What you program into the plane or hand fly controls the plane.
FYI , We don’t need flight plans in the US to fly VFR, so many planes fly without a “flight plan”. Heck, in 44 years of flying I think I filed 3 total VFR flight plans..
slcguy wrote:I'm guessing pilot incapacitation from pressurization problem from what's been reported, It was at FL 390, which is high enough to not give much time to react to a problem that isn't obvious (like rapid depressurization). Second possibility is medical problem with pilot, heart attack etc. Third possibility is intentional act of the pilot (suicide etc.) but this doesn't seem likely but possible. All of these have happened before.
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