The statistics and common sense agree that the most effective way to avert the danger is to recognize and avoid situations where it lurks.
Fresh from the shop after extensive maintenance and refurbishment on May 4, 2006, a Hawker Beechcraft 800A departed the Lincoln, Neb., airport for a test flight. On board were two Raytheon test pilots and four passengers whom Raytheon considered crucial for the flight. As pilots slowed the aircraft to approximately 126 knots for a “clean” stall, the right wing stalled, the nose dropped through the horizon and the aircraft continued to roll to the right in a near vertical descent as it ...
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