"Controlled flight into terrain" is a term that refers to an airplane crash where a pilot accidentally directs an airplane right into the ground (or a hill, or the water, or anything else, really). CFITs tend to happen in bad weather, or when guidance equipment fails in a key way that isn't noticed by the people using that equipment to land or take off in a plane. In 1936, a deposed German prince — Adolf II of Schaumburg-Lippe — died when his airplane took a CFIT ... into a volcano.

9 Responses to “Controlled flight into a volcano”

  1. fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

    ‘Controlled flight into terrain’ is probably among the most polite phrases used to shift blame from the engineers to the operators.

  2. xzzy says:

    The epicness of his death is only superseded by the hat he wore.

  3. jetfx says:

    In 1979, 257 people were killed when a plane flew into the side of Mount Erebus, a volcano in Antarctica.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_New_Zealand_Flight_901

  4. showme says:

    Sounds like it was a suicide to me.

    • donovan acree says:

      He was just going back for his hat. It blew off his head and we wasn’t about to leave that masterpiece behind.

  5. Ernst Gruengast says:

    Adolf II von Schaumberg-Lippe = XENU!!

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