Editor's Log

March 2010 Issue

Blame The Pilots

The NTSB recently issued its finding of probable cause in the February 12, 2009, crash of a Colgan Air Inc., Bombardier Dash 8-Q400, operating as Continental Connection Flight 3407 while on approach to the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport in Buffalo, New York. All 49 aboard, plus one person on the ground, died when the regional turboprop entered a stall and the flight crew failed to recover. To a total lack of surprise among those following the aftermath of this tragedy, the Board found the accident’s probable cause to include a litany of failures in the cockpit and Colgan Air’s procedures involving airspeed control in icing conditions. The NTSB’s report included 46 conclusions and resulted in 24 recommendations to the FAA.

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