Supposedly the interim investigation report on SQ006 will be released Friday.
Interim report means the investigators release all the facts known so far, rather than the causes.
Rumours so far:
- The Captain was on an illegal roster, he hadn't been given enough rest in the days before the flight by SQ
- SQ ops may have called up the crew, to "check" if they were going to try and take off in the bad weather, or cancel the flight and cost money for hotel rooms. This, in SQ culture, is tantamount to an order to try and take off.
- SQ are going to revamp their flight operation department, bringing in a RSAF general.
- SQ are having to alter their policies on 1 Capt/ 2 FO long haul operations which have come under intense scrutiny.
- SQ are having great difficulty hiring new foreign pilots. Salaries and conditions are too low compared to other world class airlines.
Hopefully all flight safety departments will learn from this sad experience. Cutting corners to save costs, pressuring crew to operate rosters that are too tiring, and putting commercial concerns first can lead to disaster