Behind the Curve: The crash of West Caribbean Airways flight 708

An aerial view of the crash site of West Caribbean Airways flight 708. Image source: Panorama Maracaibo
The aircraft involved in the accident. Image source: Andrés Dallimonti
The route of flight 708. Map source: Google
31,900 feet was the highest that flight 708 should have been able to fly under the circumstances. Image source: Mayday
A detailed explanation of the relationship between lift, speed, and angle of attack. Image source: the CIAA/JIAAC
What is the power curve? Image source: the CIAA/JIAAC
As angle of attack increases, air flow behind the wing becomes increasingly disrupted. Image source: safepilots.org
A simulation of the final moments of flight 708. Video source: Mayday
Footage of the aftermath of the crash reveals that little remained of the plane. Video source: Mayday
An aerial view of the crash scene. Image source: The Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives
Soldiers guard the crash site from looters. Image source: The Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives
The tail was the only piece of the plane recognizable from the air. Image source: The Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives
Another aerial view of the crash site. Image source: Panorama Maracaibo
Some other recent accidents involving high-altitude stalls.
An artist’s work commemorates those who lost their lives in the crash. Image source: Maria Guevara

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Analyzer of plane crashes and author of upcoming book (eventually™). Contact me via @Admiral_Cloudberg on Reddit or by email at kylanddempsey@gmail.com.

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Admiral Cloudberg

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Analyzer of plane crashes and author of upcoming book (eventually™). Contact me via @Admiral_Cloudberg on Reddit or by email at kylanddempsey@gmail.com.

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