reply to post by Arbitrageur
This crash has been caused by something as old as multiple pilot aircraft have existed. A breakdown in crew coordination. Every pilot error crash
can be traced to a failure of crew coordination. It was thought that an important lesson had been learned, and steps taken to correct the issue after
the accident on Tenerife in 1977.
Sunday March 27, 1977 saw an explosion rip through the Gran Canaria Airport, causing a temporary shut down of the airport. Many flights diverted to
Tenerife, many more than it was designed to hold, including KLM flight 4805 and Pan Am flight 1736. Pan Am was filled with 380 passengers, most of
retirement age, and KLM had 235 passengers, on a charter flight. Both were Boeing 747s, which the airport was never designed to hold, as they were
fairly new at the time (Pan Am's aircraft was N736PA, which flew the first passenger flight).
After a few hours the Gran Canaria Airport reopened, but fog had rolled in on Tenerife. Both the KLM flight, and the Pan Am flight were directed to
taxi down the runway, with the Pan Am being told to turn off at the fifth taxiway, but they got confused because the turn was so sharp (the controller
was unfamiliar with the 747).
As the Pan Am continued to taxi on the runway, the KLM received their ATC clearance (not tower clearance, but the route they were going to fly). The
captain advanced the throttles and started to move down the runway. The first officer said that they weren't cleared, and he stopped. A short time
later, he advanced the throttles again, and began to take off, this time the first officer and flight engineer both remained silent. The KLM was
approaching the point where they could get airborne, when they saw the Pan Am in front of them. They attempted to take off, but the landing gear
clipped the top of the Pan Am flight causing the KLM to slam down on the runway, and tearing the top of the Pan Am fuselage off.
The end result was that all 248 people on the KLM flight, and 335 people on the Pan Am flight died. Sixty one people on the Pan Am flight survived,
including 5 crew. The Dutch to this day refuse to accept the NTSB report, but the investigators found that the pilot of the KLM flight was their most
senior pilot, and a training captain, which most likely intimidated the first officer into not speaking up when he should have.
In the case of the SuperJet, if the crew is going to be involved in selling the aircraft, which I think they never should be until they are on the
ground, one crew member should have been designated to fly the aircraft, and ignore the customer. The pilot could have gone to the back of the
cockpit, or something, and allowed the first officer to fly the aircraft, and prevented this whole accident. But once again, crew coordination broke
down, and the end result is the crash of the aircraft.