Originally Posted by Star Trek Viewer
the basic framework of its computer control system is to prevent pilots from executing any maneuvers that the computer decides is "unlawful," or in other words, that it decides the airplane cannot handle.
And what happens when this control system malfunctions?
Sorry, why bother having pilots at all if they are not permitted to make judgment calls? Give them the information and let them decide whether the risk needs to be taken. Otherwise you could end up with a situation where a plane crashes because evasive action would exceed design standards (which are usually written with a good bit of leeway).