More study is needed on pilot reactions to stalls

11/21/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

When an aircraft stalls, a pilot's instinctive reaction is to "pull back on the control stick," which will exacerbate the problem, experts say. "If a pilot has only experienced a stall once or twice -- and perhaps only in a flight simulator -- chances are higher that instinct takes over in a live situation," said Jean-Pierre Otelli, a pilot and author of aviation-safety books.

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