So said 411A (PBUH) before he went out with a big bang. Luckily he was not at the controls
Completely out of place extension and correlation in a professional web site
Why? He told us all he was fit as a fiddle, passed all his medicals, and we should all bugger off because old farts rule the aviation world. He died on the job and it was pure luck it didn't happen when he was at the controls of his L-1011 during a bad weather approach. And now we have an aircraft go down with a 78 year old captain in command.
Machinbird: I know a lot of pilots our age that are fine pilots. At some point you notice your driving skills and flying skills gradually diminish. Some at 50, some at 90.
We have all babysat a 55 year old captain to keep him out of trouble and I have had retirement flights with captains turning 60 that were the ace of the base. Age always gets you but not everybody at the same age.
I was told by a couple they could get me into their outfits flying but declined because I didn't need the money and felt fortunate to have 23,000 hrs and no incidents. Why push it? The late night stuff gets you first. We will see how this investigation progresses. Kind of agree that this was no demo flight at 3:30 in the morning. A lot of that was going on in the 70's when I was flying Lears into Mexico.
A lot of that was going on in the 70's when I was flying Lears into Mexico.
So this has been going on for 30-40 years, and nobody has raised a finger to stop it? Is it because those who know about it are also the ones flying the aircraft? Is this business the end of the road for old pilots who can't find a job elsewhere?
MAS, no our company didn't want to bother with the paperwork and expense of doing what we had a certificate to do so treated is an FAR part 91 private flight. It worked but only because the Mexicans didn't seem to care if you slipped them a 20.
Bubbers, the wreckage, even if badly fragmented, can tell you a lot.
+1 (along with the rest of your post)
Aviation accident investigation agencies don't have specialists in (among other things) physics, metallurgy and electronics on the payroll simply to make headcount!
The famous investigation into the DH.106 Comet was done with no flight recorder evidence, and even the famous water tank test eventually served only to confirm the theory that the "tin-kickers" who assessed and reconstructed the accident sequence from partial wreckage had already figured out.
DW, ok let us see what the Mexicans do to solve this. I think the cost of doing what you think should be done will be ignored and the cause of crash will be unknown. I can guarantee it. Let us wait for the final cause in a few years. All of their aviation accident investigators will be in the US by then anyway so what do they care.
The man widely believed to be behind the aviation company is an ex-convict named Christian Esquino who has a long and checkered legal past, including convictions for fraud, one as part of a sweeping drug investigation in Florida in the late 1980s.
Captain held all valid certificates, aircraft was approved for up to 6 month stay in Mexico. Entered FlightAware
According to Mexican press, aircraft was being operated privately on behalf of Jenni Rivera pending a sale of the aircraft to her. (or at least illegally chartered but written up that way???) (allegedly!)