qantas747flyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3024 times:
Just came across an article contrasting the treatment of the pilots of Iran Air and LOT Polish airlines, who both recently managed to safely land their aircraft following landing gear failures.
LOT Airlines pilot, Tadeusz Wrona has received no end of praise following his superb emergency landing at Warsaw International Airport, however contrast this with the treatment of Iran Air pilot, Hooshang Shahbazi, and it's a very different picture as he has been suspended from his duties:
maxpower1954 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 1023 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2480 times:
Different cultures around the world often have ways difficult to understand to the Western mind.
In the Far East, it's not uncommon to arrest a pilot or entire flight crew after an accident, or even incident. In the late 1990s a Northwest 747 experienced an engine fire after takeoff from Narita and quickly declared an emergency, returned to the airport.
IIRC, during the overweight landing a few main gear tires blew. In the aftermath, the entire flight crew was arrested by the Japanese authorities and detained several days for questioning!
Having spent time in the Middle East flying for Saudia, I can tell you I'm not suprised in the least the Iranians would give that guy a few months off, probably to deflect any critisism of the airline's maintenance practices towards the pilot, who is just an individual. It's the kind of abuse that exists in a society that isn't free.
amccann From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2327 times:
Quoting qantas747flyer (Thread starter): Just came across an article contrasting the treatment of the pilots of Iran Air and LOT Polish airlines, who both recently managed to safely land their aircraft following landing gear failures.
I'm not commercial airline pilot, but in my honest opinion, the LOT crew deserves a higher praise than the Iran Air crew. While both situations are challenging and require a highly skilled crew, the LOT situation required more skill than the Iran Air situation.
Iran Air (727) Situation
With a nose landing gear failure directional control can be maintained through the use of differential main landing gear braking. With a rear engine aircraft reverse thrust can also be applied for directional control and assist in slowing the aircraft.
LOT (767) Situation
With no deployed landing gear and an under wing engine aircraft the only directional control available is the rudder, which becomes less effective as airspeed decreases.
What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. - Ronald Reagan
koreana380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1634 times:
Contrary to the Iran Air pilot's initial remarks (i.e. that he was not thanked for his actions) the pilot has since been recognized and given a celebratory reception of thanks by the Iranian Minister of Transportation, Ali Nikzad: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/208783.html