View Full Version : Jet upset

01-21-2015, 12:42 AM
The news this evening on my PC mentioned that the Airasia Airbus airplane "climbed too fast, like 6000 FPM, so it likely stalled at that climb rate. The term "jet upset" was used by corporate pilots that I knew in the old days, which they said all control could be lost, and possibly lose the airlplane.


01-21-2015, 04:12 AM
None of the reports I've heard or read state what should be obvious: that sort of climb rate is beyond the capabilities of the aircraft's engines. The pilots did not set up to climb like that, "stalling" the plane at the top of the climb; wind sheer drove the plane up at that incredible rate.

The plane may indeed have stalled but I think it's more likely the plane was overstressed by the storm and was blown apart.