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Pilot uses Nashua simulator to seek clues in San Francisco plane crash
"I'm perplexed as to why the airplane was so low and so slow on approach," Cunningham said. "They were down to around 107 knots, and that airplane's weight was probably 380,000 pounds, so they should have been up around 137 knots. Also, they were much lower than they should have been; I am not sure why yet."
He said he is also confused why the pilots pushed the engines to full power close to two seconds before the tail of the plane hit the sea wall at the end of the runway.
"I am hesitant to say anything without all the facts, but it is very puzzling that they would be that low, going that slow," he said. "I had to force myself to do that when I was trying to re-create it in my flight simulators."
"They will use simulators that have full motion and are very expensive," he said. "They cost several million dollars."
"Airline pilots spend a lot of time in simulators," he said, "and I don't buy the conversation about the pilot only having so many hours in the airplane. Enough time in the simulator will translate to the real world. And it appears there was a training captain in the cockpit evaluating and mentoring the captain who was flying."
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