Wednesday, December 01, 2010

'We're Going Through a Little Turbulence, Folks ... Yaiiii!'

Not to worry about who's in charge in the secured cockpit of the next Air India Express 737 flight you're on. Why, it's a 25-year-old, reportedly inadequately trained co-pilot, panicking the jet into a spectacular 7,000 foot dive while the passengers were eating their dinner and the pilot was outside the cockpit on a bathroom break, reports CNN, which adds:

"The aviation agency report [in India] concluded that the 25-year-old co-pilot had not been trained in the specific scenario the jet encountered and 'probably had no clue to tackle this kind of emergency.'"

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2 comments:

Twolane said...

Yes, but can we be certain that the co-pilot was subjected to a full body scan or an enhanced pat-down before boarding the plane? Surely that would have weeded out incompetence.

Bob Barbanes said...

According to one story, when the PIC returned to the cockpit, he was pulling on the yoke against a *PUSHING* force exerted by the copilot!

Methinks there's something more to this story than the simple explanation of a "confused" copilot. That boy had quite a bit of flight time- there is NO WAY he would have confused pushing versus pulling on the yoke.

I smell EgyptAir all over again.

Just sayin'. At least it worked out better *this* time.