Crisis of Confidence: The crash of Air Algérie flight 6289

Rescuers swarm the crash site of Air Algérie flight 6289 in search of survivors. (CNN)
7T-VEZ, the Boeing 737–200 involved in the accident. (Ken Fielding)
View over Tamanrasset, 2016. (Habib Kaki)
Route of Air Algérie flight 6289. (Google)
Undated photo of Fatima Yousfi. I was unable to find any pictures of the captain, or even his name. (Save Me organization, via Facebook)
Location and function of nozzle guide vanes on ajet engine (not a JT-8D). (Model Aircraft blog)
Data from a simulation of the flight run by Boeing shows the plane’s altitude, airspeed, engine thrust, and roll angle during its brief flight. (Boeing)
My sketch of the final seconds of flight 6289. (Own work)
Rescuers swarm the crash site of Air Algérie flight 6289 in search of survivors. (CNN)
Another photo of rescuers at the crash site. (Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives)
The wreckage came to rest at the end of a long trail of blackened sand and scattered debris. (BEA)
From this angle, it can be seen that the cockpit was largely intact, and the cabin and tail came to rest nearby, but were consumed by fire. (Algerie 360)
Another view of the cockpit. Although the cockpit is deceptively intact, this doesn’t mean that impact forces didn’t kill both pilots instantly. (Algerie Presse Service)
A memorial to the 102 victims now stands at the site of the crash, on the shoulder of the Trans-Sahara highway. (Mechri Omar)

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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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