|Quoting NYCAAer (Reply 1):|
I believe it was the first officer who was at the controls, he's a hero for sure! I saw a documentary on BA 38, and he did an amazing job
Correct - although the AP
disconnect alarm (I don't blame them for not remembering to cancel it!) But don't forget the Captain's actions too, such as deciding to leave the FO in control so he could find a fix, and raising the flaps to extend the glide (AAIB confirmed reducing the flap setting extended the glide enough to miss the ILS attena, and possibly more).
|Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 4):|
IIRC, the Captain wound up taking a few years off because he felt that BA wasn't treating his post-traumatic stress correctly. He and BA did eventually "bury the hatchet" and he resumed flying.
Yes, a happy end to a sad story. He didn't have a great time after the accident - as you said, he wasn't totally happy with BA
's treatment (they probably underestimated the effects of the crash on the crew, seeing as there were no fatalities), and there were some fairly vicious rumours going around BA
(apparently through the cabin crew mainly, and according to some, fuelled my management, but I don't see a motive for that) about how he "froze up" during the emergency and did nothing, and how he didn't make an evacuation order (both are untrue). After he left BA
he looked for another job, but nobody would take him - he tried to get onto the 777 fleet with KAL and various middle eastern airlines, even going back to an FO if he had to, but a lot of these airlines have a "no accidents or incidents" rule on applying (which it totally ridiculous when it was absolutely known he did not cause he accident) and due to the high profile nature of BA038. (I guess if he'd widened his criteria he probably would have found a job, maybe not with a big prestigious carrier however). Happily in the end BA
invited him back and he's flying 777s for them as we speak.
[Edited 2013-01-19 02:18:16]