Well, i will share beach’s sentiments.
Whilst its done in a controlled environment, the host of factors beach has mentioned and environmental stresses would certainly add more complexity to the task.
Also, i am not sure if the (subtitled wording) instructions could be misinterpreted.
E.g. first thing that could cause problems is at 16 seconds, the instruction is given to push the button on the side stick to confirm if she can hear the instructor.
So lets have a think, there is a reason the two up front are incapacitated or dead (did they eat the fish?). Maybe one of them is fitting on the controls who knows, but it wont be pleasant and maybe even a hostile environment. That in itself is a massive distractor.
Add to that the instructor uses the term sidestick. Does the crew member know what and where that is. It may sound stupid, but they may simply not know .
Add to that, that the instructor says “push the button on the sidestick”. Well the sidestick is relatively hidden and has a potential flaw. There is a big red button on top which is easily seen and a hard to see trigger painted the same colour as the stick which you cannot see.
So if you had no clue, which would you press. I would hazard a guess at the red one, which instead of enabling communication, would instead knock out the autopilot. That would most likely not be a happy scenario. A loss of autopilot, a potentially disturbing and hostile environment on the flight deck and because the wrong button was pushed, no communication.
So it looks like the autopilot disconnected after she talked, and lets assume she did as my scenario depicted above, the video falls apart in my view as the instructor uses terms like check autopilot, grareshield, read whats on the primary flight display, altitude knob etc.
To be honest, yes the airbus can land itself, once its set up. But i stopped watching the video after 1.37 minutes. Taking all environmental factors out of the equation (i don’t think motion was on either), to me it was clear that the hostess was either being coached or had above normal normal flight deck knowledge.
I may be wrong of course, but i think there are three big things to take away from this.
- don’t eat the fish
- who disintegrated the pilots
3). Don’t have a guy with a camera in your face in the flight deck. You cant play candy crush when being filmed