|Quoting Falcon flyer (Reply 4):|
That's about as unfair a statement I've ever heard. I've been a corporate pilot for several years with a Fortune 500 company and I can assure you that corporate crews probably understand more than anyone the pressures of timely schedules for CEOs. Never once has the boss questioned my decision to delay a trip, cancel a trip or divert for weather if enroute. Be it corporate or airline it's ludicrous to suggest that a flight crew would make that kind of a decision or bow to that kind of pressure. That type of call is made strictly with safety in mind first, then financial consequences or inconvenience second.
Now, as I post this I expect that I may be flamed...
I am sure that most pilots would agree with you, and most would not take such chances.
But unfortunately this is not always the case. Below are three well known fatal crashes where operational pressure to fly / land, despite adverse weather, has been at least a contributing factor (as found by the official investigations, and not merely speculation). I am aure there are others, but I can't look for them no.w
Singapore 006, Taipei:
"The moderate time pressure to take off before the inbound typhoon closed in around CKS Airport, and the condition of taking off in a strong crosswind, low visibility, and slippery runway subtly influenced the flight crew's decision?making ability and the ability to maintain situational awareness. ..."
1460, Little Rock:
"The flight crew's failure to discontinue the approach when severe thunderstorms and their associated hazards to flight operations had moved into the airport area and the flight crew's failure to ensure that the spoilers had extended after touchdown. Contributing to the accident were the flight crew's (1) impaired performance resulting from fatigue and the situational stress associated with the intent to land under the circumstances, (2) continuation of the approach to a landing when the company's maximum crosswind component was exceeded, ..."
"Contributing to the cause of the accident were:
1. The flight crew's ongoing efforts to expedite their approach and landing in order to avoid potential delays; ..."