CONTROLLED FLIGHT INTO TERRAIN.- Is Basically, When an AIRCRAFT HITS OR CRASHES INTO ANY PART OF THE EARTHS SURFACE, with the Pilot or Aircrew Failing to take Corrective Measures to Avoid this Catastrophic Event.
Evidence Usually Indicates that the Aircraft was Operating Normally, at a Speed, Altitude and Course that would be expected under Normal Circumstances, GIVEN THE IN FLIGHT INFORMATION THAT THE AIRCREW WAS BELIEVED TO BE ACTING UPON. IN OTHER WORDS, THEY NEVER SAW IT COMING.
Does this mean that They were Incompetent, Under the Influence, or Even Suicidal? NO. Unfortunately, Sometimes TIME, SPEED, AND LOCATION, AMONG OTHER THINGS, CAN BE MISCALCULATED DUE TO CHANGES IN THE WEATHER, ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA, OR THE AIRCRAFTS PERFORMANCE WHILE IN FLIGHT.
Perhaps, the Best Way to Solve the Riddle of why the STARDUST CRASHED WHERE AND WHEN IT DID, IS TO FIRST LOOK AT THE AVAILABLE DATA, AND SEPARATE THAT INFORMATION WE CAN REASONABLY INFER TO BE TRUE AND ACCURATE
In the Case of the STARDUST, We do Know the following about the CREW AND THE AIRCRAFT:
- THE AIRCRAFT WAS AN AVRO- LANCASTRIAN, WHICH WAS A WORLD WAR 2 BOMBER CONVERTED FOR PEACE TIME USE.
- ON BOARD AT THE TIME OF THE DISAPPEARANCE WERE SIX PASSENGERS, AND A CREW OF FIVE.
- THIS FLIGHT CREW WAS EXPERIENCED, WITH THE CAPTAIN, FIRST AND SECOND OFFICERS, AND THE RADIO OPERATOR BEING WORLD WAR 2 VETERANS OF THE R.A.F. (ROYAL AIR FORCE.), BEFORE ENTERING CIVILIAN SERVICE. THERE WAS ALSO A FLIGHT ATTENDANT ABOARD TO HANDLE THE PASSENGER COMPARTMENT.
- THIS WAS THE FINAL LEG OF A FLIGHT THAT WAS INITIATED IN LONDON, AND DESIGNATED *BSAA FLIGHT CS59.
* BRITISH SOUTH AMERICAN AIRWAYS.
LOOK FOR PT 4, THE AIRCRAFT GOES MISSING.