Yes, this does JUST apply to the yanks. Their country is huge and there are many companies that offer commuter services, effectively just like getting in a taxi in the UK
Through the many episodes of air crash investigation that I have watched, the commuter airline companies treat the pilots as cattle, moving them from here to there, without any consideration of the effect on pilots, being away from their families, moving them to distant locations etc.
This, of course, involved the fatal crash of an American plane; a Jet Stream BA3100.
They were flying to Hibbing, Minnesota.
Before the accident, in order to save money, they directed that all pilots should live in various outstations, which were many hundreds, if not thousands of miles from their friends.
There had already been many complaints from pilots in that the tail section of the aircraft was icing up in winter conditions.
BUT NEITHER THE AIRLINE NOR THE AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURER DID ANYTHING ABOUT IT
So, the pilots had to work away around it; this was the “slam dunk approach”, where they flew at a certain height, then rapidly descended to get through the ice danger zone as quickly as possible.
The runway was so basic that it had no control tower or had lights that were on all of the time, BECAUSE THE BULBS WERE SO EXPENSIVE.
There was a “remote” controller, who could have easily turned on the runway lights.
Furthermore, the ILS system was only at one end of the runway. Winds change direction all of the time and the instrument landing system should have been at both ends of the runway but were not BECAUSE OF COST
The crash was initially blamed on the co pilot; this was his first job in an airline, following his training. He was first in his class. The so called paid interviewees said that he was inexperienced but someone who has just been trained may be inexperienced but he readily has all of the knowledge that he learned and will be highly proficient.
Even the so called analysts have said that in other episodes.
It has been proved that some crashes are as a result of complacency of the captain, who may have flown for tens of thousands of hours but has “got into the groove”
The episode never considered why they were off course.
All they zeroed in on and ultimately blamed was:
- The anger of the pilot and
- The relationship between the pilot and co-pilot and
- The inexperience of the co-pilot
Who they should have blamed were:
- The airlines for treating the pilots like cattle
- The failure of the airfield to have ILS systems at both ends of the runway
- The failure of Jetstream to modify the plane so that there were no icing issues, thus not requiring the “slam dunk” approach, taken by many pilots
But, like in many accidents, the pilots were killed and so could not defend themselves
This is the classic NTSB (and FAA) tactic, blame the pilots, not the plane or the airline
I will continue to examine and analyse every single word spoken in these programmes; if the powers at be offer me millions to shut up, they can stick it up their arses
THANK GOODNESS THAT I DO NOT LIVE IN AMERICA, AS MY LIFE WOULD BE WORTH NOTHING TO THE AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY