411A From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1826 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2437 times:
So far as I know, the first crew to be arrested and charged in an aircraft accident was in October 1979 when a Swissair DC8-62 landed long on runway 15L in ATH and broke up off the end of the runway.
The crew was charged with negligent homicide and jailed. Believe they were released a short while later after many protests by aircarrier unions worldwide.
For those that are unfamiliar with the old airport at ATH, runway 33R was normally used for landings, but due to southeastery winds runway 15L was used on the night in question, the runway was wet, and the aircraft hydroplaned and was unable to stop on the very slippery runway end.
B744 From New Zealand, joined Dec 1999, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2384 times:
The pilot of an Ansett NZ Dash 8 that crashed near Palmerston North in NZ was charged with police, and as I understand it, it was the first time when the cockpit flight recorder transcripts were used as evidence against the pilot. Also as I recall, the case was thrown out (fortunately!).
Backfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2329 times:
While there might be occasions in which criminal charges could conceivably be brought (in the event of negligence, perhaps) don't forget that action only becomes reasonable to pursue if the crew survives. In the case of a fatal accident, that often isn't the case.
Lubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2245 times:
there are 2/3 people in the cockpit, one at the wheel of a bus
if one person in the cockpit dies the other one can take over and fly safely, its hard to get a dead bus driver out of the seat at 65mph. also a pilot can fall asleep (i mean its not a good thought) for a few minutes and if its on autopilot the plane won't be in a million billion pieces but not so with a bus.
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 43
Reply 13, posted (13 years 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2241 times:
I dont think you can compare and pilot to a bus driver, a pilot has thousands and thousands of hours training. bus drivers dont have that much
What does that have to do with anything? Negligence is negligence, regardless of the training-or lack of it. If a pilot with a 4 year degree kills someone, versus an $8.00 an hour bus driver, what entitles the pilot to get away with-and let's call it what it its-murder?
If anything, using your argument, then pilots should be held to a HIGHER degree of accountability for that very reason-they are/were "better trained", had "more skills" and so on. So they should've known what they were doing.
That Southwest pilot that parked at the Chevron station in Burbank should not only have been fired, but after his stay at the hospital (assuming he went), should've been taken straight to Twin Towers in Downtown LA and booked for attempted murder due to gross negligence.