Sleeping Air Canada pilot at fault rules TSB

Victoria
By Victoria April 17, 2012 20:02

Sleeping Air Canada pilot at fault rules TSB

A report from the Transportation Safety Board report confirms that a sleepy Air Canada pilot was at fault for causing a sudden dive that caused 16 injuries among passengers and crew on a transatlantic flight from Toronto to Zurich in January last year.

The pilot mistakenly believed his aircraft was about to crash into a US military plane forced a sudden dive, the report says.

The first officer was napping during a rest period when the captain’s report on their position woke him; at the same time, a US Air Force plane was approaching about 300 yards below, which set off cockpit alerts, which the captain mentioned to the first officer.
The “confused and disoriented” co-pilot at first mistook the planet Venus for the approaching plane, and when he actually saw the aircraft, he thought it was coming straight at them. He overrode the autopilot by forcefully pressing on the control column, pushing the jet into a dive.
The captain regained control as the US military plane passed safely and returned the plane to its cruising altitude.
“This occurrence underscores the challenge of managing fatigue on the flight deck,” Jon Lee, the investigator in charge, said in a statement.

Victoria
By Victoria April 17, 2012 20:02
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