NTSB Hearing on Colgan Air Q-400 crash in Buffalo today: it will be ugly!

Posted on 12. May, 2009 by in Featured

Training, oversight, crew rest, flying sick, cockpit discipline, experience and basic aviation skills will all be addressed and it will not be pretty. Suffice it to say you get what you pay for. In short; it will probably detail: A fatigued (one sick), inexperienced crew distracted by chatter below 10,000 feet (against FARs) let the aircraft slow to a dangerous speed until it stalled. The Captain (with 5 documented check ride failures) mis-took the stick pusher (having never been trained to the shaker by the company) as a tail stall caused by ice, did not recognize the aircrafts critically slow speed and put in a correction opposite what was required. The application of flight controls, opposite what is required for stall recovery, insured a departure and subsequent flat spin into the terrain.

As I have stated in previous posts; the downward spiral in safety will begin at International and Regional carriers due to a shortage of experienced and well trained pilots. The cause: the investment required for the job is not worth the financial return. Remember; the worlds aviation regulatory agency (IATA) answer to this, is to let pilots with virtually ZERO experience fly even bigger aircraft over International routes (MPL). Seems like a bad idea to me.

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  1. John Buckley 13 May 2009 at 07:21 #

    Where does DFDR pick up speed in system? Did speed indicators indicate correctly. What is correct power setting on approach for Q-400? What was propeller condition (should be max rpm in ice) How much power was applied 20 seconds before impact & why did that not get the aircraft up to speed – insufficient power application
    Cockpit conversation was not extraordinary, unless we are missing some conversation. Bottom line is pilots were not airmen and sterile cockpit rule in this case is BS. Timing of landing checklist an issue, as well as icing check list. ie – hand fly when in more than light ice, watch speed, power, prop rpm up etc.

  2. Chip 13 May 2009 at 19:46 #

    The NTSB simulation on my latest post shows all the positions you are curious about. You have to look closely, but they are depicted.

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