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The Strasbourg A320 crash

An aeroplane landing

On January 20th 1992 an A320 airliner crashed while coming in to land at Strasbourg airport. There was a lot going on. The pilot had had to change to a different approach at the last minute. The pilot gave the autopilot a fast speed to descend of 3300 feet/minute. He thought he was entering a shallow angle of descent of 3.3 degrees. He was confused about which mode the autopilot was in. 87 people died; only 6 survived.