Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:06 PM
Baitball Blogger (25,402 posts)
Rivera's Jet plane was flown by a 78 yr old pilot and hit the ground at tremendous speed.
It was practically a vertical dive, going at 600 MPH.
Mexico: Rivera's plane hit with 'terrible' impact
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The plane carrying Mexican-American music superstar Jenni Rivera plunged almost vertically from more than 28,000 feet and hit the ground in a nose-dive at a speed that may have exceeded 600 miles per hour, Mexico's top transportation official said Tuesday.
In the first detailed account of the moments leading up to the crash that killed Rivera and six other people, Secretary of Communications and Transportation Gerardo Ruiz Esparza told Radio Formula that the twin-engine turbojet hit the ground 1.2 miles from where it began falling.
practically nose-dived," he said. "The impact must have been terrible."
Ruiz did not offer any explanation of what may have caused the plane to plummet, saying only that "The plane fell from an altitude of 28,000 feet ... It may have hit a speed higher than 1,000 kph (621 mph)."
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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)
Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:13 PM
Cooley Hurd (26,620 posts)
1. The pilot's age is irrelevant.
Unless he faked his medical certificate and/or was drunk, he was fit to fly.
With that said, the aircraft going straight in could indicate sudden incapacitation of the pilot, or perhaps a control surface malfunctioned. Won't know until the investigation is completed.
Response to HipChick (Reply #5)
Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:19 PM
Brother Buzz (15,868 posts)
6. It was a Learjet 25
I'm not a pilot, nor do I play on on TV, but I believe turboprops are the planes with propellers run by a jet (turbine) engine.