We also have three near-misses when the pilot turned on the autopilot and then quickly shut the dangerous thing off.
This might be a good time to discuss other robotic problems:
An automated car couldn’t decide if that white thing was the sky ahead or the side of a tractor trailer. It decided to go with the “sky” thing. Good guess, but not this time. In another case an automated car assumed that if it saw a fire truck stopped in the middle of the freeway, the fire truck could not possibly exist because that’s not where a fire truck should be. The fire truck was behind a stalled car in the travel lane, so the automated car never even started to brake or swerve.
Now about those war drones…
A brand new NORAD system had just been turned on and was being shown off to dignitaries when it reported a big flock of Soviet missiles coming over the horizon. The dignitaries were hustled into a side room until the nuclear exchange was over, and so they pondered their deaths. It turned out to be the moon coming above the horizon.
More fun with automated warning systems: somebody put on the wrong tape in Hawaii, and lots of radio stations announced that nuclear missiles were now bearing down on Hawaii, as in, take cover and kiss yourself goodbye if you’re in the wrong place.
Maybe some genuine, honest civilian oversight with integrity of any system that can kill great numbers of people would be useful. Right now the U.S. is almost the only place on earth still flying the giant nosedive today.