October 8, 2008 | Mark Paradies

How Good is a 1960’s Navy Accident Investigation?

It seems that the press is trying to dig up controversy about a couple of plane crashes that John McCain had early in his naval career. The Washington Post article at this link:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2008/10/mccain_fudges_his_navy_record.html

is one example.

Being familiar with Navy investigations, I think the question might be …

“How much faith can you put in a 1960’s era investigation that says that “pilot error” was the cause of a crash?

And perhaps another question is…

“Who cares?”

Is the Washington Post concerned about McCain’s flying ability? Naval safety? Whether naval aviators make excuses for mistakes?

Let’s hope that we aren’t picking a President based on their ability as a 1960’s prop/jet pilot.

Let’s hope we do a better job investigating accidents that a “pilot error” root cause.

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