The crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 no doubt left its mark on the “Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements” issued this month by the National Transportation Safety Board, and for good reason. The Board’s first “most wanted” item essentially reiterates a pair of 2005 NTSB recommendations to which the FAA responded with only an Advisory Circular. Unfortunately, the FAA’s advisement did not prevent Capt.
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The NTSB laid the primary blame on the pilots of Colgan Air Flight 3407 for the crash on February 12 last year that killed 50 people and perhaps more unflattering comparisons between the respective safety standards that prevail at regional airlines and their mainline counterparts.
The NTSB has ruled that last February’s crash of a Colgan Air Q400 on the outskirts of Buffalo, N.Y., was due to the captain’s inappropriate actions in response to the activation of the stick shaker. Its report, released at a press conference yesterday, said the pilot pulled back on the control column when the shaker activated, placing the twin turboprop into an accelerated aerodynamic stall.
As the anniversary of the Feb. 12, 2009 crash near Buffalo, N.Y., of a Bombardier Q400 regional airliner operated by Colgan Air fast approaches, the U.S. government still hasn’t issued proposed new rules governing fatigue for Part 121 pilots.
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt urged an audience gathered for last month’s Air Line Pilots Association Air Safety Forum to read the CVR transcripts from Colgan Air Flight 3407 as a lesson in how professionalism–or lack thereof–in the cockpit might influence the outcome of an emergency. Babbitt avoided projecting any conclusions of his own, but his speech centered on an unambiguous message to the veteran pilots in attendance.
The pilots of the Colgan Air Bombardier Q400 that crashed on February 12 outside Buffalo, killing 50 people, did not observe the so-called sterile cockpit rule and appeared unprepared to react properly to the aerodynamic stall that led to the accident, according to testimony read last month during the NTSB’s three-day public hearing on the crash.
The pilots of the Colgan Air Bombardier Q400 involved in the February 12 crash near Buffalo, N.Y., that killed 50 people did not observe the so-called sterile cockpit rule and the captain appears to have violated Colgan Air’s policy prohibiting the use of the crew room to sleep overnight, according to testimony read this morning during the NTSB’s public hearing on the crash.
Preliminary airplane performance modeling and simulation conducted by the NTSB show that icing had a minimal effect on the stall speed of the Colgan Air Bombardier Q400 that crashed outside Buffalo on February 12, killing all 49 occupants and one person on the ground, the Safety Board said today.
The crew of the Colgan Air Q400 that crashed outside Buffalo on February 12 observed “significant” ice accretion on the aircraft’s windows and wings before the eventual upset that killed all 49 on board and one person on the ground, according to the NTSB’s lead investigator for the accident, Steven Chealander.
The crash of a Colgan Air Bombardier Q400 that killed 50 people outside Buffalo on February 12 once again has the industry group that represents U.S. regional airlines fielding some familiar questions about the level of safety its members guarantee to the traveling public.
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