posted on Aug, 29 2008 @ 12:56 AM
There are many aircraft crashes everyday here in the us and around the world. Mostly small aircraft. You just don’t here about them being reported.
There is also a lot of emergency landings by airlines in the USA everyday. Smoke in the cabin, Loss of pressure. ( back ups take over most of the time
on this one) electrical problems the list goes on. It scares me, and I used to fly in the military for living. But mostly I think a lot of the
problems are from the ATC ( air traffic control ) and also maintenance of the aircraft. I used to listen to various CVR ( cockpit voice recordings)
to see if I could learn something from their near fatal or fatal mistakes .I find that the ATC is mostly to blame. A good example is when I was
doing cross training in the army with the air force. I was on approach to BEAUFORT SC with USAF StarLifter C 141. Anyway about the size of L-1011. A
very big 4 jet engine aircraft for it’s time. I was told to proceed with my final and 2nd in line. There was a bad storm just in from the coast. I
asked the ATC if the runway was wet, he said yes, I asked how bad. He did not respond back for at least 8 minutes by this time this Im 30 deg down on
the flaps the first C141 has landed and I’m next. He get’s back on with me and tell me gusts are 30 knots from the east. the runway is wet and
rain is heavy. Viability near 0 that’s right ZERO. Right then and their I asked for traffic and vector to abort the landing. The ATC was very firm
and told me to land and it looks good to him. Any I told the ATC that he has to be crazy, My altimeter says I’m at 1100 ft, my landing light are
on , I told the ATC I still could not see the runway. The ILS was working. but something did not feel right. So I brought the flaps up and put the
petal to the metal. With no traffic report or vector form the ATC? I got lucky getting out of there. I was using the onboard radar for traffic and
a vector. I later landed at cherry point NC. But The C141 in front of me skidded off the runway and this ATC guy has no Idea ? Yet he tells me to
proceed. Yes, I got in trouble for that move, The ATC’s seems to forget the term pilot in command. I heard this ATC person did not even get so
much as a yelling .
This goes on everyday people. If you only knew what was going on in that cockpit, I think you might think twice before boarding. The USA ATC system
really needs to be updated big time; again.
Like I said you don’t here about crashes and Emergency landings or else you might no fly. But lately there seems to be a spike in the msm media
reports. Could it be that someone wants us to drive to our destination during this weekend holiday, fill the tank for 3.80 per gallon and not fly?