In the case of the Swiss air crash it was a combination of a mis-set altimeter alignment, plus poorly trained controllers misdirecting pilots into mountainous terrain when an opposite turn to an alternate downwind approach was required. One other famous incident occurred when the automatic landing control was not disengaged, a corporate culture of requiring steep climbs out of this one airport for noise abatement, and an automatic misread of an updraft as if it was a landing flare stall, which cut out the engines during takeoff.
NASA's Orion Flight Software Production Systems Manager Darrel G. Raines joins Planet Analog Editor Steve Taranovich and Embedded.com Editor Max Maxfield to talk about embedded flight software used on the Mars on EE Times Radio. Live radio show and live chat. Get your questions ready.