Mid-air collision off Namibia



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Ann Wrightson (scomaw(at)zeus.hud.ac.uk)
Mon, 29 Sep 1997 08:40:44 +0100


Speculation: Q: Why should a pair of aircraft in an empty sky collide? A: Because their respective flight planning software took them to the exact same place, using (too) similar algorithms. This could happen (has happenned) manually too, but the very precision which is an advantage in crowded, supervised airspace is maybe a menace in other circumstances? (I also noticed that the picture given of one of the types involved (Flight International, this week) is painted so as to break up the outline (cf. new Quantas livery too!)...Do we know what effect this has on pilots' ability to see them?) Ann W. -------------------------------------------------------------- Ann M Wrightson Senior Lecturer Department of Computer Science School of Computing and Mathematics University of Huddersfield Queensgate Tel: (01484) 472913 Huddersfield Fax: (01484) 421106 HD1 3DH UK --------------------------------------------------------------


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