posted on Jan, 3 2013 @ 05:08 AM
This is nothing. You should look into the regional airlines and their practices. Colgan Air 3407 was painted to look just like Continental Airlines,
and even had their name on the plane. It was operated by Colgan Airlines however, and the only thing it had to do with Continental was that it was a
It was a Bombardier Q400, 72 seat turboprop, flown by Captain Marvin Renslow, who had 110 hours in the Q400, and First Officer Rebecca Lynn Shaw, who
had 772 hours in the Q400. Shaw had been ill prior to the flight, and had flown across country as a passenger on other flights to get to her duty
station, prior to going on duty. As they approached the airport to land, the crew allowed the airspeed to fall to dangerously low levels, and instead
of pushing up power, and lowering the nose, the captain kept pulling the nose up, until the plane stalled and crashed.
As the investigation went on, it came out that there were major lapses at Colgan, including pilots renting "crash pads" (apartments where they would
live up to 9 in the apartment), FAA investigators telling the airline when they were coming and what they were going to look for, and an FAA
investigator writing up the airline and being demoted and transferred. It turns out that this is normal for regional carriers in the US. They hire
these young pilots with the promise of them getting experience, and getting hired by the major carriers, and then push them to do things they aren't
prepared to do (one pilot who was a young captain, told of the time they wanted him to fly as a safety observer in a Q400, despite having never even
read the manual on the aircraft). When pilots refuse to do things that they think are unsafe, they get written up and fired.
There are so many more horror stories than I can recount here, that have made me swear off ever flying on a commuter airline ever again. Some of them
horrified me to the point that I felt ill after hearing them.