Complicating are economic pressures:
Plane failed == extremely costly liability.
Pilot Error == no liability.
And from experience having a pilot friend accused of fuel exhaustion when
it was a casting flaw in the carburator suddenly appearing where he was
'guilty until proven innocent'; you'll see more Pilot Errors causing
crashes than mechanical failures.
On Tuesday, May 20, 2014 10:30:52 AM UTC-4, Robert Macy wrote:
That's incorrect. The liability can be the same for either
case. Who pays it would be different. But you're not trying
to tell us that in all the cases of pilot error, the airlines
and/or their insurance companies didn't pay out costly claims?
So you're saying the NTSB doesn't conduct full and fair investigations?
I've yet to see or hear of a case where it looked like they came to a
deliberate wrong conclusion blaming the pilots. The reason more pilot
errors cause crashes is because it's more likely for a pilot to make
a mistake than it is for a mechanical failure to bring a plane down.
Often, it's a combination. Many times some minor mechanical problem
that didn't directly affect the ability of the plane to fly, results
in the crew then making some big mistakes that then result in the crash
The guilty until proven innocent came from peers [because they know thst
most accidents are caused by pilot error of some form] and by the plane's
owners, not by NTSB, who actually did find the pinhole leak in the
carburator. [substantiating your claim that the NTSB always conducts a
thorough fair investigation]
Another anecdote: Ms and I watched a helicopter crash about two blocks
from our building. Although there was a highly pedestrian populated area
around the crash site, no one on the ground was killed due to some heroic
flight maneuvres from the pilot who was killed in the crash. I got to talk
with the NTSB investigator about a year later after he had filed his
report and reached all conclusions and found out that his long time friend
crashed due to fuel exhaustion - he purposely ran the helicopter lean in
order to keep it light for the maneuvers. but severely misjudged. and
acted to his own detrimant to save lives on the ground. And, died. The
investigator was quite pale as he went into details, since this was a long
time friend. Thus, here we have potential bias NOT from any financial
pressures, but rather from personal loyalty pressures, which he did not
succumb to. Again supporting your statement that the NTSB conducts
thorough, unbiased crash reports.
On Tuesday, May 20, 2014 2:51:21 PM UTC-4, Robert Macy wrote:
Maybe we're seeing different crashes. In all the cases I can recall,
there really hasn't been any jump to conclusion by the media, those
directly involved, etc to focus the blame one
way or the other. After a plane crashes, I've never seen the aircraft
owner start blaming the pilots. Not sure how that would help them either,
as usually it's a commercial flight, and the aircraft owners hired the
pilots and they are only going to make their own case worse. Can you give an
example of where in a recent crash the airline blamed the pilots?
Nor have I seen other pilots blaming
them. The media reports the facts and they may have some discussions from
"experts" about what something might mean, like say the tail being found
1/2 mile away from the other wreckage, but even then, from what I've seen,
they are careful not to point the finger, to try to keep it as factual as
possible. In the case of MH370 for example, CNN was all over the map 24/7,
covering every possible aspect of it. And as facts emerged that pointed
to it being deliberate, they did start discussing the clear
possibility that it was a pilot that caused it, they also had Les Abend on
there much of the time. He's a 777 pilot and editor of Flying Magazine.
And all along, he insisted that he thought it unlikely that a suicide pilot
was the cause, saying he thought it was likely mechanical, although towards
the end, I think he started to allow thepossibility that it might be
deliberate. Even in the case of MH370 as far as blaming
the pilots, the closest anyone has come to that is the Malaysian
investigators who said they believe that based on the known data, it was
likely the result of deliberate human action. That still leaves the possibility of a hijacker, together with other even less likely scenarios,
that don't involve the pilots.
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