Garuda Airlines Captain sentenced to two years in prison for Boeing 737 accident.

Posted on 07. Apr, 2009 by in Featured

Rather than proper training and governmental oversight, I believe this will be the future in third world countries as they confront the crisis of a lack of competent pilots. It is cheaper and no doubt easier to have a punitive and reactionary response vice a real solution.

Don’t get me wrong; the Captains incompetence was breath taking and it cost 21 people their lives. He attempted to land his Boeing 737-400 87 knots fast, that is 100 miles per hour over the normal landing speed. Of course the aircraft left the end of the runway.

My concern is that this tactic has already been used to cover up governmental incompetence, by blaming an aircrew. If this trend continues it will slam shut the door on traditional “self reporting” safety programs. Crews will not self disclose problems if they feel the testimony will come back at them in court. Close calls, with potential lessons learned, will be hushed. This will have an exponential impact on safety, once the overall experience level of aircrew begins to lower in the next five years.

Inexperienced crews gain the most from the self-disclosing safety programs. This combination could usher in a new, dangerous, era in air travel. IATA’s response thus far, is to rush even less experienced crew into the cockpits of the world. The world’s airlines can weather just about anything except a crisis of confidence. If an airline hits a tipping point where passengers feel it is unsafe, then it is doomed. The recent rash of pilot error accidents is getting the attention of the traveling public. Fear is the strongest emotion; look at the load factors post 911 if there is any doubt in your mind.

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  1. Rick 12 April 2009 at 19:45 #

    You’re a Navy aviator. I would like to address this issue of the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama. You can remove this post, and it’s o.k. with me…but many years ago….in the early ’80’s I was deeply involved with the issue of piratism in the Singapore Straights. Singapore eliminated that problem with essentially what amounted to mercenary action. I absolutely realize we don’t have the vessel assets to protect American flagged carriers. However..we DO have the manpower. We should be putting a Marine rifle team on any US flagged vessel going through that area. It’s hard for me to believe nobody is putting this concept on the table. Your thoughts?

  2. chip 13 April 2009 at 10:02 #

    I flew over Somalia after the Black Hawk Down incident. Somalia is a failed state. There is no government or order. It is a feudal state run by war lords. I’ve been through the Straits around Singapore too, we always set a pirate watch.

    IMO the way to do it now, is how we did it 200 years ago. Go to the source and destroy their ability to put to sea. Sink everything bigger than a row boat. Trying to cover all of the ships at sea would be a huge man power requirement. Most of the ships are not US flagged, thus the useless UN would be involved. Time to take action and eliminate the threat.

  3. Chip 13 April 2009 at 17:56 #

    For some reason my first response dumped. Second attempt: I remember the pirates in the straits of Malaca as well. Same MO as the Somalis. I flew over Somalia after the Black Hawk down incident; it is a failed state. War lords rule, it was/is absolute anarchy.

    IMO the only solution is for the US Navy to sink every suspected pirate vessel. The victim crews can’t carry weapons (due to International Law). The UN would do nothing as usual if asked for action, so IMO it is the only feasable option.

    The Marines are maxed out; I think it would take more manpower then we have. A lot of ships pass that way.

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