Family members of victims from the crashed Continental Connection Flight 3407 sat horrified listening to cockpit voice recorders of the two pilots before the plane went down in Buffalo, New York in early February. Both pilots were yawning, talking about how that they felt uncomfortable flying in icy weather and how little they had slept in the last 24 hours. This is not the type of conversation that exudes confidence while flying in cold, icy conditions.
In addition, while the in-flight emergency is quickly happening, the captain makes a deadly decision-pulling up instead of bringing the nose down while the plane was stalling. It was later confirmed by Colgan air, owners of the commuter jet that the captain had never been trained on this type of “stick pusher” in the simulator, and had in fact never been fully trained in emergency procedures.
The Federal Aviation Administration is now looking into allegations of over pilot scheduling, fatigue, training issues and lapses of discipline in the cockpit.
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