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Numerical disasters
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Sep 23, 2010 11:45 AM




Re: Numerical disasters
Posted:
Sep 20, 2010 10:00 AM


On 20 sep, 12:48, "humberto.bortolo...@gmail.com" <humberto.bortolo...@gmail.com> wrote: > Hello! > > The probe "Mars Climate Orbiter" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ > Mars_Climate_Orbiter) fell because it was sending data using the > metric system, while the team on Earth was interpreting these data in > US customary units. > > The error that caused the disaster of the Varig Flight 254(http:// > en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varig_Flight_254) was due a notation > interpretation: 0270 was interpreted as 270 degrees and not as 27.0 > degrees by the pilot. > > Anyone know of other examples of numerical disasters? > > Thanks in advance, Humberto.
Good day,
French Air Inter Flight 148 crashed on January 20th 1992 because the pilots entered "33" for "3.3° descent angle", which the autopilot interpreted as descent rate of 3,300 feet per minute.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Inter_Flight_148
 V.Astanoff



