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SilkAir Lawsuit In Singapore High Court Begins

Wed Jul 04, 2001 11:50 am

As many knows, some families of the victims of MI185 are suing SIlkAir for negligence. On Tuesday, the first witness in the trial was called for testimony in the High Court. Here are the details....

At the High Court on Tuesday, the first witness took the stand in the trial against SilkAir in a lawsuit brought on by six families whose relatives were killed in the Flight MI 185 crash in late 1997.

After the plaintiff's lead lawyer Michael Khoo finished his opening statement, he called on Lawrence Dittmer.

Dittmer, who is still a SilkAir employee, flew as co-pilot alongside Captain Hsu Way Ming on at least six occasions.

Dittmer's testimony detailed two occasions where Captain Hsu breached flight safety procedures.

The first involved landing at Manado on March 3 1997 when the plane was travelling too fast and too high for a safe landing.

Dittmer advised Tsu on a few occasions to initiate standard maneuvers to lower altitude for landing.

Instead, Tsu attempted a maneuver called "S" bends.

Dittmer, a co-pilot with more than 5,500 flying hours, said he felt the plane making quick violent rolls to the left and right.

He said the experience was both disturbing and scary.

In another incident, this time in May 1997, Dittmer witnessed Tsu removing a circuit-breaker before taking off from Changi Airport, this in effect disabling the Cockpit Voice Recorder.

Dittmer told Tsu he would not be part of a flight crew that had a disabled CVR.

After some discussion, Tsu re-activated the CVR.

Dittmer's testimony lasted nearly two hours.

His testimony continues on Wednesday.

He is the first of six witnesses to be called for the trial, slated to last at least two weeks.

I will post any news of the proceedings in this thread..
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RE: Deemed Deliberate

Sat Jul 07, 2001 11:30 am

From today's Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Online News.

"Silk Air crash deemed deliberate

A court in Singapore has been told that a Silk Air jet which crashed in 1997 killing all 104 people on board, was deliberately driven into the ground.

A court action in Singapore has been brought by the families of six victims, suing Silk Air which is a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines.

In the latest evidence to be heard, a former flying instructor with the Royal Australian Air Force, Maurie Baston, told the court that there was more than sufficient technical evidence to support the view that flight MI-185 was literally driven into the ground.

The Boeing 737 was on its way from Jakarta to Singapore when it plunged into an Indonesian river in December 1997.

Early in the trial another Australian flight simulator instructor, Captain John Lamming, testified that the crash was caused by deliberate action from the cockpit.

The captain was piloting the jet when it commenced its very sudden and deadly descent."

Copyright ABC News 2001
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RE: SilkAir Lawsuit In Singapore High Court Begins

Sat Jul 07, 2001 2:24 pm

I hope that this is not white-washed or glossed-over by the authorities to protect the all-important "IMAGE". It will ultimately be a disservice to ALL if Singapore and SQ suppress the truth because it can be damaging. In fact, cover-ups are often more damaging in the long-run. SQ should be keenly aware of human factors even under the most controlled conditions- i.e. SQ staff can "lose it" too. Instead of hiding it, it should be brought out in the open.

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