1 Button in a Boeing's Airplane Cockpit That Can Cause it to Crash

1 Button in a Boeing’s Airplane Cockpit That Can Cause it to Crash?

Yes. The pilot’s belly button, while he/ she is in a Boeing cockpit.

(Image: A representation of a belly button)

Pressing the pilot’s belly button can result in him/ her being very enraged, distracted, humiliated, scared, shocked, hurt, disappointed or confused. As a result, the pilot can then go insane, accidentally or purposely alter the flight control systems, cause chaos and eventually cause the plane to crash.

That can happen. But it wouldn’t.

No pilot will ever let anyone touch his/ her belly button in a Boeing cockpit. Similarly, no pilot will ever let you touch any button in the cockpit that will jeopardise the safety of the airplane.

But seriously, it would be extremely dangerous if Boeing placed a button in the cockpit that could down the plane. Its like having a self destruct button.

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On second thought, there could be a dial and not a button that could directly cause the plane to crash.

By turning a dial and setting the altitude on the autopilot to a ridiculously low one, the plane, regardless of Boeing or Airbus, could crash. That’s how Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed. Do check it out.

Also, please correct me if I’m wrong.

I listed some buttons that may cause the plane to have some serious problem and I am thinking while writing it.

  1. Fuel control switch – This is the switch to cut the fuel to the engine. If you cut the fuel, the engine will stop running. However, you have 2 engines on a Boeing, 1 is enough for the plane to land safely to an alternate airport.
  2. Fuel jettison button – Not every Boeing aircraft have this button but unfortunately, if you want to dump all the fuel, you need to press the ARM button before you push the jettison button.
  3. IRS (Inertial Reference System) – This is a navigation system that is more precise than a GPS. First you insert your Longitude and Latitude and let the system to align (it takes about 7 minutes). This system will track all the movement from the aircraft itself to calculate the offset from your initial position to return your current position. But the alignment must be done on ground (because you can’t move). And you can turn the IRS off in the sky. Without IRS, your navigation display can’t show any information about your flight status. But, you can contact the ATC that your navigation system has a problem (well you did shut it down on purpose). But other systems are still normal, you can still fly the airplane and use VOR frequencies to navigate.
  4. Probe heat – A pitot tube is used for measuring air flow to indicate your speed of sound, air speed and altitude. If you turn this off, the pitot tube may freeze and can’t display correct information to the pilots. However, there are two switches, one for the pilot, one for the first officer. Actually probe heat caused 3 crashes because its failure.

Looks like probe heat could be your answer. But as you see, none of them can really cause a crash. Except IRS, they have 2 switches so you have to press at least 2 of them to cause a crash (without correct the situation).