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Op-Ed: Pilots Can be Heroes, but Also MurderersThe LAMIA 2933 crash that killed 71 people in Colombia was a foolish, irresponsible tragedy that should have been avoided by the Captain himself, as well a number of other people who hopefully will be investigated and brought to justice. (airwaysmag.com) More...
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There's another factor to consider- the cost of refueling and additional landing fees. Perhaps as an owner the captain may have been trying to save money. Pinching pesos led to disaster.
I guess in some cases CRM means El capitán reina malignamente. Doubt the condition is limited to S. America
We call that condition "Terminal Cheap".
an extra takeoff and landing or destroying the plane and almost all the passengers, What's cheaper? If you are hurting that bad, you should listen to the "proverb" If you want to make a million Dollars in aviation, start with an airline and a billion Dollars.
From news reports, it was the Co-Pilot's first & sadly, last flight. She was in no position to question the Captain
This is a well written synopsis and sadly, well received, as the author, while downplaying his credentials, hit the major bases. More will come out on the crew and I'm pretty sure it wasn't her first trip as a commercial pilot and first officer. By the time she got that gig, she should understand "max range". I get IT. It's hard to be the new guy and be right when the Senior is a god in a four engine jet! But if the CRM concept that was intended to include the homework of the "other guy" really worked she would have said no in a way that might get her fired but would preserve her life. That's walking out the door! Any captain capable of this level of greed and stupidity is lucky to have lasted this long.
I agree with bentwing60. If a 1st officer cannot make a decision however costly it may be for his/her carreer to preserve his/her own life, how can he be trusted to take care of the lifes of others. None of these individuals deserves the title of "pilot" as it morally entitles being the recipient of other people's trust to take them safely to a destination. I am also wondering why such a defective and illegal flight plan could be processed by the system eventually leading to the delivery of an ATC clearance.