Zionstrat From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 226 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 4 months 7 hours ago) and read 2040 times:
Earlier this week I heard that a commercial pilot was suspended for flying over the Whitehouse after a take off from DCA, but I haven't been able to find an article or a thread online- Anyone have any info?
Gocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4338 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months ago) and read 1859 times:
411a, give me one good reason why they should fire the pilots? It is a big deal that he violated restricted airspace but I don't think they'll fire them for the mistake, it's the secret service who has to take the risk and it's not really their fault.
I recently heard about a general aviation single engine plane who barely clipped P-56 and the FAA and secret service didn't suspend the private pilot's license or grounded him. Just questioned why and he explained and was released.
They'll just gound the pilots until the investigation is over. Don't think they'll get the boot.
JayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1805 times:
I agree, the pilots should not be grounded or fired, etc.
What is rather funny is their excuse for flying over the White House. According to yesterday's Good Morning America broadcast, the pilots said the wind caused them to go off course. GMA asked their aviation correspondent, John Nance, a very respected pilot, if this could happen. He plainly told them, no way. They made a mistake, but to lie about it and say the wind caused them to go off course, now that is a joke !!