Flight 3407 – the NTSB Investigates

12 May

The news from the NTSB regarding the Flight 3407 investigation is not likely to be good for the families of the victims, the families of the pilots, or the Colgan Air corporation. Reports yesterday indicated that the pilots were engaging in extended chit-chatting even after the aircraft descended past 10,000 feet at which point a “sterile cockpit rule” is supposed to be in effect.

There’s also information concerning the flight’s captain, Marvin Renslow and his flying background. He appears to have flunked several FAA check flights, had never been properly trained on how to react to a stick-shake during a stall, and that his head wasn’t “in the game”, spelling disaster in the split second it took for everything to go horribly wrong over Clarence Center’s four corners.

It all reminded me of an old George Carlin joke – somewhere is the worst airline pilot in the world, and someone’s boarding a flight with him today.

Colgan has since implemented a program whereby they eavesdrop on in-cockpit conversations to make sure pilots are focusing on the approach. The pilots’ union is balking, which makes no sense. If the rule exists, and must be enforced, and is there to ensure passenger safety, all of that trumps whether the boss is listening in. The union can go f*ck a brick on this point, as far as I’m concerned.

The cockpit voice recorded will be released today. Remember that it chronicles the deaths of about 50 people.

One Response to “Flight 3407 – the NTSB Investigates”

  1. hank May 12, 2009 at 4:48 pm #

    Alan Opined:The pilots’ union is balking, which makes no sense. If the rule exists, and must be enforced, and is there to ensure passenger safety, all of that trumps whether the boss is listening in. The union can go f*ck a brick on this point, as far as I’m concerned.

    I agree 100%. You are correct.

    Do you feel the same way about union teachers, union civil service employees, Union Firemen and Police officers?
    If the government grows a pair and makes a rule that says that Teachers/Cops/Firemen who can’t pass proficiency tests should be terminated, can their Unions go F*ck a brick too? Sure hope so.

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