Infinite flight safety board
AA 1057 final report
The aircraft involved in the accident, an Airbus A321-231 registered N101NN had only 19 hours of flight time as it was only delivered to Infinite flight 2 days prior to the crash. It was powered by two IAE-V2500 engines and features sharklets on the wing as opposed to the wing tip fences on it’s little brother the Airbus A320.
13 year old Captain Jack Doyle, has 188 hours and 158.01K XP on IF live. He is a member of AA VAIF.
First officer and His little brother Jamie aged 9 had roughly 58 hours and 10K XP.
189 passengers and crew were on-board the aircraft for a 25 minute flight from Honolulu intl airport the Hilo intl airport. No passengers had any hostile intentions.
The accident itself
At 14:07 NZST, flight 1057 was on a 6 mile final for runway 08 at PHTO. The PF disengaged the auto pilot but the external joystick he was using was not responding to any movement. After unplugging the joystick the PNF said “fly with the device. You have control.” The PF acknowledged with “I have control.”
Tilting the device also did not work, within a spilt second the captain engaged the auto pilot and turn on the APPR. This resulted in a violent nose up pitch to about 45-50°. The aircraft began a sharp roll to the left and started to fall. At 14:08 NZST, AA flight 1057 crashed into a slope 4.7 nautical miles from runway 08. The aircraft hit the ground in a 19° nose down attitude, a 30° bank angle and a VS of -8870.
Cause of crash
In a matter of hours after the accident, the IFSB (Infinite flight safety board) summarized that the cause of the crash is side stick failure. However the reason the default device tilt system failed is not determined. Captain Jack’s joystick will be replaced in the new year if need be.
The IFSB is a concept on this forum but I’m just using it as a gimic.