May 12, 2009 | Dave Janney

Updates on Colgan Crash in Buffalo

Here are the stories:

The final investigation reports are likely months away, so we should not jump to any conclusions.  However, there are many things to consider here; manufacturer recommended training, company training processes, company oversight, FAA oversight, and fatigue.  It’s easy to point the finger at the pilot but there looks to be a lot more to this one.  It will be interesting to see what the final report reveals.

Living in Knoxville, I fly commuter airplanes all the time, and I feel safe.  However, I also worked in the airline industry for 27 years and understand what these small carriers are up against.  Financial pressure from the majors, trouble recruiting, and in many cases, less evolved management systems than the major carriers.  As an aside, I worked for a company that ground handled Colgan back in the day some 28 years ago.  They’ve been around a long time and that speaks to their ability to remain focused in an industry that has seen many come and go.  Hopefully, Colgan, the FAA, and the NTSB can work together to make sure this never happens again.

I flew Colgan late last year and we aborted our takeoff in Houston due to engine problems.  Not fun but I’m glad the pilot aborted!

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