A Lightening Strike, may have knocked out all computers on flight 447.

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    Reports are now indicating that it was a lightening strike, that knocked out all fly by wire
    computers, including backup computer systems,
    on the Air France Airbus 330 aircraft.

    This is an Aircraft with no mechanical backup, or overide. So, if all fly by wire computers go down, passengers and crew will crash with the aircraft.
     
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    Um ... are you another of those "safe means 100% secure" people?
     
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    No, I am not. There are no guarantees in life. Anything can and does happen.
     
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    Hmmm.....if had to die everytime my computer went blue screen....I'd be the deadest guy in town.

    Seems like manual back ups are always a good idea. At least some Fred Flintstone landing gear.
     
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    Just making sure. ;)

    Yeah, no matter how many precautions they take to jack up the prices of air travel, nothing is ever a 100% guarantee. While the chances of something taking out everything at once are slim to none, they still exist, and after you factor in the number of flights per day it's actually quite amazing at how safe jets actually are. You are more likely to die of a stray bullet miles from a shooting than in a plane accident. The odds of dying are pushed to the limit every day by the airline industry, think about it, traveling hundreds of MPH at thousands of feet above the ground ... in something with the aerodynamics of a lead trinket (if you take away the propulsion) ... it's amazing there are not more jets vanishing every year.
     
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    Please ignore anything you hear about a reason why this plane crashed - or why we think it did. We have absolutely NO evidence because we don't have the black boxes.
     
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    *rae* You do know that speculating how it came down is the only way we have a chance of finding those, right?
     
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    Mother Nature rules.
     
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    Always ...
     
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    Same architecture as the F-16 Fighting Falcon (for er..um... 30 years?), arguably and statistically (if I'm not mistaken) one of the safest aircraft in the world. The point is "fly by wire" isn't exactly bleeding edge technology and therfore doesn't automatically need a mechanical back up....it's like saying that hydralic systems should have cable system "backups" simply because cable systems are an "older" technology.
     

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