April 8, 2009 | Dave Janney

Singing Pilot Jailed for Crash

Here is the story:

http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?ContentBlockID=bf2a1ab8-bff3-42b1-a518-151aeb3fdf88

Maybe when he gets out of prison he should appear on “Indonesian Idol” and try to start a new career.  But seriously….

The interesting point in this article to me is the comment around the bonuses paid for saving fuel.  I worked in the airline industry for 27 years and can tell you that saving fuel is a good thing; however, how many times do we reward people for doing things quickly and ultimately cutting corners?  On the opposite side of the spectrum, do we punish them for not doing things fast enough thereby encouraging them to ignore requirements to get the job done?  I don’t know if this in fact had anything to do with this accident as it seems there may be some politics involved but I thought it was worth bringing up this point.

Happy investigating.

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