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Ansett NZ Crash Pilot Not Guilty Of Manslaughter!  
User currently offlineTG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 10
Posted (13 years 5 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3290 times:

The verdict came in tonight after a 29 day trial.
Captain Garry Sotheran found not guilty of 9 counts including manslaughter.
His Dash-8 aircraft crashed at Palmerston North in 1995 after he and the copilot tried to resolve a possible landing gear fault and the aircraft drifted below minimum altitudes, crashing into a hill.
4 people died including the flight attendant.

The trial was a first in that the CVR was allowed to be used as evidence.

I feel that justice has been done in this case. I'm really glad that Captain Sotheran can get on with his life.

Read the entire story at
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=192667&thesection=news&thesubsection=general

comments?


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User currently offlineAirnewzealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2542 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3250 times:

I think part of the crash was his fault!! He should of at least had to pay a fine to the FA's parents.
OIt was so sad to see that she died. And she died while she was looking over a passenger reassuring him that everything would be alright!! She was also very pretty Aswell!!

TG i must admitt, your topic on QF/SQ/NZ/AN has done really well in Replies!!

I am sad!! Sad (Because the FA died!!)

Mikey


User currently offlineVirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 4 days ago) and read 3245 times:

This is outrageous. This is the biggest slap in the face since The disaster verdict of the trial in which a man who broke a CO's gate agents neck and nearly killed him was acquitted in Newark. He should atleast pay a stiff fine and I hope that he is not immuned from any lawsuits coming from the victims families. I happened to be the relative of one of the dead pax God help him that he had better not be in a locked room with me.


"FUIMUS"
User currently offlineTG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3224 times:

Virgin and Mike - the evidence showed that the most probably sequence of events was that Captain Sotheran's altimeter got stuck, leading him to believe he was above the safely required altitude.

Virgin - Perhaps you should direct your anger towards the Ansett NZ (which became Qantas NZ and subsequently folded) for taking so long to replace the undercarriage parts which led to the disaster in the first place.

Thanx for the ... observation Mike! 129 replies ain't bad for our little battler of an airline, huh?  Smile



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User currently offlineT prop From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1029 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3221 times:

Virgin 340,

Losing a relative on Ansett NZ 703 and your best friend on Pan Am 103, must be hard.
My condolences to you.

T prop.


User currently offlineAirnewzealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2542 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3213 times:

Hey TG992

LOL, I agree!!!!

Cheers
mikey


User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined exactly 15 years ago today! , 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3210 times:

this is a very tuchy situation. I personaly think that the pilot should not be held responsible in this case as he was trying to repair a major fault in the aircraft (which also could have killed people) and there are other factors aswell.

User currently offlineVirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3207 times:

T prop; Thanks for the condolense but thankfully non of the people I know were on that Ansett flight. I stated my last post as an example as If I was one the relative of the pax who died . Unfortioanatly I forgot to check my post before hitting the button. Sorry that I misled you. But Iwish I could say the same about PA 103 but unfortionatly I can't.

This situation with the altimeter reminds me of the 3 EAL pilots who delayed the landing of their L-1011 because they were busy focusing on a 10 cent landing lightbulb. One accidentally turned of the autopilot and the plane began it's slow descent into the Everglades. 101 died and 80 survived. I wonder if any of the surviving crew menbers go disiplanary action along with the DELTA 727 flight crew that did not set the flaps because the were too busy chatting to the FA. They were joking about that CO DC-9 in DEN that crashed because the FA was distracting the pilots



"FUIMUS"
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