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Did Colgan Air Hiding Pilot Qualification Information In Flight 3407 Accident?

by John White |  | 2 comments

Many of the family members who lost loved ones in the February 2009 crash of Colgan Airline's Continental Connection Flight 3407 are still questioning what really happened that night. You may recall that as a result of this accident the FAA has proposed some changes in pilot qualifications and duty times as applied to air carriers in an attempt to insure that pilots on commercial airliners were better qualified, having more flight experience and better rest. Now there are more calls to further investigate Colgan Airlines to determine whether the company provided all relevant information about the crew qualifications. A number of emails have come to light which question the Captain's qualifications and there are allegations that these emails were never provided to the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) investigators, nor during the subsequent public hearings. A number of federal lawmakers have asked the U.S. Attorney General's office to investigate whether Colgan Airline officials purposely withheld emails which disclosed that the Captain of Flight 3407 had difficulties in passing required proficiency checks and was required to take additional training. Colgan Air Crash Debris As pilots we all take pride in our ability to safely fly our aircraft, and sometimes we need to understand our personal limitations and decide not to fly a particular aircraft or take a particular flight. One of the most important skills a pilot can have is the ability to recognize when he should not take a particular flight. If Captain Renslow was having difficulty regularly passing required proficiency checks it apparently was early in his employment with Colgan Air, and according to Colgan officials subsequent check rides, transition training and Q400 type rating check ride were all completed successfully. The issue of pilot qualifications and training for smaller airlines providing commuter aircraft flights to hub airports is apparently still being questioned by many. You can read more about this issue in an interesting article in the  Washington Post and this video:

Emails reveal 3407 pilot failed tests:

And, there continues to be conversation that a pilot shortage is coming, which means that finding qualified high time pilots to fill those slots is going to be more difficult than ever. What do you think? Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7+ ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!

Comments (2)

  • JetAviator7 on June 24, 2019

    The only problem with statements by eyewitnesses is that they have proven time and again to be terribly unreliable.

    In addition, given the weather conditions at the time of the accident, and the short period of time during which the aircraft could be seen prior to impact, I would be very suspicious of any eyewitness reports.

    One thing that always intrigues me is that an awful lot of people think accidents of any kind should NEVER occur, and that somehow the government can legislate accidents out of existence.

    Flight has always been a dangerous endeavor, and remains so today.

  • starviego on June 24, 2019

    The statements of eyewitnesses on the ground strongly support the conclusion that mechanical problems brought down flt 3407, not pilot error. It is probable that a malfunctioning propellor control unit(PCU) caused the prop to ‘disc,’ resulting in an uncommanded roll which led to the crash.

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