Pilot Error Blamed for 6 Deaths

Pilot Error Blamed for 6 Deaths

(USNewsBreak.com) – Pilots go through years of extensive training before receiving their licenses. They learn how to operate planes and handle various emergencies that may happen while in flight. Failure to take the proper action can result in the death of all onboard. A new report indicates both pilots of one flight made critical mistakes with catastrophic results in 2021.

In July 2021, four passengers and two pilots were on a twin-engine Bombardier Challenger 605 when it crash-landed on a Truckee, California, golf course. The tragic accident killed everyone on board and nearly hit a house. Several people on the ground saw the plane crash and then burst into flames.

A recent report released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) indicated that pilot error caused the accident. Officials retrieved the black boxes from the jet and used them to piece together what happened during the plane’s final moments.

While clearing the landing at Truckee-Tahoe Airport with Air Traffic Control (ATC), the captain and first officer noted that the jet was too heavy to land on the runway controllers directed them to and requested they land on the other instead. Both ran parallel to each other.

To land on the alternate runway, the pilots had to circle from their original position. The first officer relayed that the plane had too much airspeed upon approach and recommended a 360-degree turn, which the captain refused. Instead, the co-pilot conducted a 90-degree turn but rolled out of it prematurely, which caused it to stall out. The NTSB found that the captain failed to correct his first officer’s mistake, which then caused the plane to crash. According to the report, an argument between the two occurred as they wrestled for control. It’s unclear who was at the helm at the time of the crash.

The pilots both had significant flight experience. The captain, 43, had 5,680, while the first officer, 56, had over 14,000.

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