Even high-profile crashes can result in NTSB reports that miss important safety takeaways. The focus of this episode is the October 2002 crash that killed Senator Paul Wellstone and seven others. John, Greg, Todd and guest Dick Healing talk about facts that played a much greater role in the accident than the listed probable cause.
“There is no question that contributing factors were poor practices by the operator,” Healing says.
The charter operator’s organizational deficiencies set this flight up for failure before takeoff.
While the NTSB has highlighted these issues in final reports for large carrier accidents, they are only found in the docket of this investigation.
Listen to hear many findings not found in the report that are essential to air safety.
Flight safety detectives episode 101 - last u.s. airline drops college education requirement for pilots
Greg, John and Todd have a lively conversation triggered by the recent announcement from Delta Airlines that pilots no longer need a college education. Will this impact aviation safety?
“I know a lot of pilots that know aviation but don’t understand aviation,” says Greg. He adds that investigating the results of their poor decisions keeps him busy as a safety investigator.
The question at the center of the debate is what is needed to equip pilots to make the decisions and have the maturity that are needed for success. Is a college education a worthy process to make sure that only the most qualified people wind up in the cockpit?
Listen to the debate and add your thoughts. Should all airline pilots be required to have a college education?
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