you have posted many posts prior to this which were intelligent, matured and void of any stereotypical comments and I had greatly respected and admired you for your constructive views in many debates that have taken place here, be it pertaining to airlines, world affairs or why America should rightfully be the world's superpower. However, your last post here:
"If anyone is to blame here, its SQ management for ordering 3 very tired individuals to take off in a typhoon before they exceeded their hour limits.
has somewhat changed my perception of you. That was rather immature. Hopefully it was just an abberation.
Anyway, SQ management never ordered 3 very tired individuals to take off in a typhoon. A flight had taken off 15 minutes before SQ006 and a China Airlines plane was queueing behind it.
And they had just started their duty at Taipei! The crew who had flown the aircraft in from SIN disembarked at TPE and were probably in their hotel rooms by the time SQ006 departed.
The point is, those pilots took off at the wrong runway. That was THEIR mistake. Kiasuism had nothing to do with it.
Go bash the pilots for all I care, but PLEASE do not imply that the lifestyle and attitudes of Singapore had anything to do with the SQ006 crash.
You do know how utterly irritating it is when narrow-minded people stereotype Americans. Likewise, that's the way I feel about the attitudes of such people towards my country.
And Cx_flyboy, since SQ assumed full responsibility for the incident on the second day after the crash, I don't see how you get the idea that Singapore will try to blame the Taiwanese authorities for EVERYTHING since SQ is PERFECT. Since SQ themselves admitted to the mistake.
Anyway this is rather political as airlines kind of represent the govt/people of their respective countries. Singapore will naturally try to shift the larger part of the blame to Taiwan and Taiwan to Singapore. It's therefore good to have independant third party investigators from Taiwan and Australia. The quibbling is obviously still going on.
Now, on to the issue. No matter how bad the markings were at Chiang Kai Shek, the decision to take off is ULTIMATELY the pilots'. Call this a technicality or whatever, but based on this technicality, the three pilots are to shoulder the larger part of the blame. Such is the sad fact of life, where people in senior positions have to assume responsibility for major blunders, despite having utterly incompetent people under them (of course in this case, as we will find out in two months, perhaps the pilots themselves were incompetent at that moment in time, but we have yet to find out)
Please guys, let's demonstrate some maturity here when we put foward our views!!