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LONDON—A British Royal Air Force pilot who sent an Airbus A330 Voyager tanker into a dive by jamming his personal camera between his seat and the controls is to be court-martialed.
According to the Sunday Times newspaper, the pilot, who has not been named, will face court-martial next February. The charges are perjury, making a false record and negligently performing a duty.
A U.K. Military Aviation Authority (MAA) report into the February 2014 incident published last March described how the pilot—the aircraft’s commander—had placed his personal digital SLR camera between the captain’s seat armrest and the left-hand side-stick controller during a flight from the U.K. to Afghanistan. As the captain moved his seat forward, the position of the camera forced the side-stick fully forward. This initiated a pitch-down command, sending the aircraft into a steep dive, with the A330 losing 4,400 ft. in 27 sec.
originally posted by: stosh64
a reply to: Zaphod58
The charges are perjury, making a false record and negligently performing a duty.
This guy gets court martialed but our leading candidate for president is set to get the ultimate promotion.
Things that make me SMH.
Thank God for that co-pilot.
originally posted by: NoCorruptionAllowed
I wonder if he could have avoided all the trouble coming his way if he would have just come right out and said he messed up. Honest but careless mistake putting FOD next to the controls..
The pilot carrying his personal camera into the cockpit is a violation of SOPs and a complete disregard for cockpit discipline and this is the most likely reason he's facing courts-martial
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: C0bzz
All that said, this pilot flat out lied to investigators, and this incident would have never happened if he had been more careful, and paid more attention. He deserves a court martial.