A rare aviation incident occurred during an Australian flight


Aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas said such an incident was “extremely unusual”. “A stick shaker is an extremely rare event, and very, very serious,” he said. This is an “aero-¬dynamic stall” which occurs when “the angle of attack of the wing increases beyond a point such that the lift begins to decrease”. “The airflow over the wing begins to separate and it breaks up. There is a sudden decrease in altitude, which is why some passengers may have been injured.” In this case, the incident may have been an auto¬pilot malfunction. The flight crew disconnected the autopilot and commanded the aircraft in response. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has opened a serious incident investigation.


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