The NTSB is in rare form right now with Colgan 3407. In the past, these inquiries and meetings about crashes took at least a year to come together. Somehow they are having these meetings just 3 months after the crash. The media is making a big deal about the Captain having failed 5 checkrides. Most of the population has no idea what a checkride is and how easy it is to fail one for something VERY minor. A pilot trains for many hours and sometimes months for a single hour to day long event called a checkride. One small mistake (depending on the examiner) and it's game over. My wife gets this. Most people do not. They think "5 failed checkrides?!?!!? OMG Why was he hired?".
Learning from other people's mistakes is something I not only encourage....but practice! I watch many TV shows about air disasters (Seconds From Disaster and Air Emergency are my two favorites!). I also read a lot of books on airline history. Amazon.com has a huge selection of such books. I buy them used for under $10 a piece. I really liked Hard Landing.
I've spent the day reading documents from the NTSB about Colgan 3407. I have read the cockpit transcript, viewed the animation video and more.
The Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) is one device that is sometimes in the back of my mind. If I ever have a "bad day" at work and don't come home....what will be my last words? What will investigators, fellow pilots...my wife....read on the transcript? Eh.
I am going to post two links. They both work! I say this because the NTSB site is being bombarded right now and I had to hit reload SEVERAL times in order for the pages to load.
To view an animation recreation of the accident go here:
To read to CVR transcript go here: