Colgan Air Flight 3407 Crash

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In the early morning hours of February of 2009 the crew of Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed, which killed all 49 people on board and one person on the ground when the plane crashed into a house as it approached the airport near Buffalo, New York. The two pilots operating the aircraft were both trained and fatigued before the flight. This incident became a cornerstone for the National Transportation Safety Board to begin a campaign against flight crew operating an aircraft outside the recommended duty day. Training will now be verified against newly hired pilots to look into the possibility of failed check rides and trouble with operating an aircraft before being hired to operate a company aircraft, but also for licensing requirements, educational…show more content…
operating as a Continental flight, making a scheduled flight from Newark, New Jersey to Buffalo, New York. The flight in due course crashed into a suburban home 5 nautical miles away from the Buffalo airport, killing all 4 crew members, 45 passengers and 1 person live in the home where the aircraft crashed. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) arrived shortly after the accident. In the beginning of the approach the First Officer had lowered the flaps and the pilot in command began to lower the airspeed to the 114 knots for landing. With the reference speed switch armed, the automation system would alert the crew via stick-pusher if the airspeeds dropped below the reference speed of 131 knots. Eventually the aircraft airspeed dropped below 131 knots, the stick-pusher was activated and the crew responded by incorrectly by pulling back on the stick increasing the angle of attack. Once in this condition the First Officer raised the flaps without confirming the flight control change with the pilot in command. With the flaps retracted and the angle of attack as high as it was, the aircraft stalled and the crew had lost total control. The investigation was unable to begin until the following day due to a gas line that had ruptured in the house causing the fire that engulfed the scene making it challenging to get to the aircraft and possibly destroying the evidence. The…show more content…
The NTSB had conducted an investigation on the crew of Flight 3407 and found that the Captain and the First Officer had both obtain the required certificates to fly the QN400 at the time of the accident. The Captain obtained a total of 3,379 flight hours with only 111 hours in the QN400 while the First Officer had a total of 2,244 total flying hours with 774 in the QN400. The NTSB discovered during the review of the Captain’s training records that the he had failed multiple Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) check-rides prior to becoming a pilot for Colgan. While a first officer for Colgan, the captain was disapproved for his airline transport pilot certificate during his initial flight check, but passed the next chance on the 18th. As far as the First Officer, none of the captains that were interviewed after the accident reported any problems with her adherence to the sterile cockpit procedures or stated that she made any unprompted or independent configuration changes to the airplane while she was not acting in the position of pilot in command. The NTSB discovered that during the stall training in the simulator, the stick-pusher feature was not fully incorporated. In the aftermath of the accident, some of the “other accidents in which pilots have responded incorrectly to the stick pusher demonstrate the continuing need to train pilots on the actions

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