Former FAA spokesperson Scott Brenner spoke with the hosts of Fox News’ Fox & Friends on Sunday about the possible reason AirAsia flight QZ8501 disappeared.
Host Anna Kooiman asked if different standards enforced around the world, perhaps even use of the metric system, played a role in the disappearance of the plane.
“Even when we think about temperature – it’s Fahrenheit or Celsius,” Kooiman stated. “It’s kilometers or miles. Everything about their training could be similar, but different.”
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Brenner said that the heavy reliance on autopilot may have contributed to the plane’s disappearance. He explained that foreign pilots use the autopilot feature more than American pilots and “a lot of that is just because … crashes are due to pilot error.”
Due to that risk, Kooiman asked Brenner if passengers should be worried while flying overseas. He said that it “is incredibly safe and the safest mode of travel you can have,” and added that American pilots are “very well-trained” but “actually fly” the plane rather than rely on autopilot.
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