Transcripts of the conversations between the crew of a
Pinnacle/Northwest Airlink CRJ regional jet and air traffic
controllers prior to the aircraft's crashing in Jefferson City (MO)
have revealed the reason why the aircraft was flying at FL410, and
possibly why they crashed.
The city of Clearwater (FL) has taken the unusual decision to
ask pilots offering aircraft out of Clearwater Airpark to provide
copies of their aircraft logbooks as a means to proving that the
annual inspection has not been skipped.
Back in May, 2004, we reported that an off-duty American
Airlines flight attendant had been arrested and accused of
interfering with a flight crew by leaving a bomb scare note in one
of the company's aircraft's lavatories.
"Yeah, we're actually ... we don't have any passengers
on board, so we decided to have a little fun and come up
Source: FAA transcript of statement made
by one of the pilots of the Pinnacle/Northwest Airlink
CRJ that crashed in Jefferson City (MO), explaining why the
aircraft was flying at an unusually high FL410. Soon after that,
one engine quit, then another, and the rest is history.