The aircraft appears to have flown from Cyprus to Athens on autopilot -- a flight of about an hour and a half. Chief investigator Akrivos Tsolakis told the AP an air traffic control diagram showed the plane had flown -- on automatic pilot -- to the Greek capital's international airport. But it was flying at 34,000 feet (10,360 meters) and turned south into its holding pattern over the island of Kea after passing over the airport.
"What troubles us is that the automatic pilot was functioning up to a certain point, and then it was disengaged, possibly by human action," Tsolakis said.
But the first paragraph is truly a gem of reporting. It's almost as if... it were written on autopilot... hey, wait a minute...
The Cypriot plane that crashed and killed all 121 people aboard flew on autopilot to its Athens destination -- but passed thousands of feet (meters) above the airport runway, the chief accident investigator told The Associated Press Thursday.
Dear CNN, please shoot your editors, thanks.
Also, what do you think the margin of error was on that "34,000 feet" figure? Because 34,000 feet is 10,363.2 meters, not 10,360 meters. Their rounding fu is the worst.