Editor's Log

June 2010 Issue

Professionalism

A regional turboprop captain and his fatigued first officer engage in a wide-ranging discussion while maneuvering for an approach into Buffalo, N.Y. While descending in icing conditions, the crew allows their airplane to get slow enough the stick pusher activates. Instead of powering up and reducing the angle of attack, the captain abruptly pulls back on the yoke, forcing the airplane into a stall/spin from which it doesn’t recover. All 49 aboard the Bombardier Dash-8 are killed, plus one on the ground.

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