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Was The Captain of Flight 140 Experienced Enough for This Plane?

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Was The Captain of Flight 140 Experienced Enough for This Plane?

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The captain of Air China Flight 140, which crashed on April 26, 1994, was an experienced pilot with over 8,000 flight hours - or so it seemed. A little digging reveals that most of those hours was on a different type of plane.

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China Airlines Flight 140 is less than three minutes from touching down at Japan's Nagoya Airport. Suddenly, the highly automated A300 gains speed and won't respond to the pilots' nose-dive commands. After an aborted landing and attempted go-around, the aircraft stalls and crashes into the ground, killing 264 passengers and crew. With so many A300s in service around the world, investigators must determine what happened before a similar accident occurs.

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