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Nepal plane crash caused by emotionally disturbed captain

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A plane crash at Nepal’s international airport that killed 51 people happened because the captain suffered an “emotional breakdown”, a leaked draft of the official investigation has found. (www.theguardian.com) Altro...

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mawulitse
Mawuli Tse 7
Sadly, he proved his critics right.
vulcancruiser
smoking is bad for you.....
FaisalNahian
This report suggests the captain was distracting the copilot—who happens to be a woman—landing at Kathmandu for the first time. Captain was probably checking the skills of the copilot to prove his superiority, so instead of helping the copilot, or taking over control he kept distracting her. It is a very sad story with a sad ending. We never expect this from a skilled military pilot.
Highflyer1950
First Officer probably should have said” ok, boss, you have control”. Much easier to manage an out of sorts Captain and assist then to try and fly a first time approach and babysit him at the same time.
sanukjim
I think that you will find that in most Asian airlines it is a career ending death sentence for the First Officer to even suggest that he take over for The Captain unless told to by The Captain himself.
Lib4ever
Well, in this instance the FAILURE to make such a suggestion was a career ending death sentence, wasn't it?
WhiteKnight77
Unless I miss my guess, you misunderstand what Highflyer1950 is saying.
Highflyer1950
He did, but that’s ok.
CAH747
It is a bad mix. Asian captain & young female copilot. I flew with Asian copilots for a year after
Pan Am. Was told Do not give copilot landing. He is there to do things for you Captain. Now mix in the Asian thoughts about capabilities of females and how she is trying to do a MANS work. Then quiz her during a critical landing phase and who is going to lose face???
Highflyer1950
Now there is CRM for you. Most old guys seem to forget that you can pretty well size up a good talent when you see it, male or female. Given the right amount of confidence most of these FO’s can fly rings around the old fart (me), with my “say again” and eyeglasses way down on my nose! Seriously though it was very seldom we let an FO operate in a challenging airport for the first time. Better to fly it yourself and have them watch and learn the approach. Then let them fly it out.....gives a better perspective. Reminds me of AA in Cali, Columbia.
Forensics1
Very good insight Clarence; you pegged it.
Fredflintstone2k
Omg give it a break.
Pete48y
Pete48y -3
Exactly
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feirshad
Both the crew were disoriented and never regained their orientation.

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