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..