This week's tragic departure crash of a commuter jet at
Lexington, KY reminds me of another horrible accident. On October
31, 2000 a Singapore Airlines 747-400 was expediting departure in
darkness and high winds, at Taipei, Taiwan.
The Pilot in Command is the person who:
Has final authority and responsibility for the operation and
safety of the flight;
Has been designated as pilot in command before or during the
Holds the appropriate category, class, and type rating, if
appropriate, for the conduct of the flight. Can be overruled by the
"Administrator" at any time.
"I think it's a good thing that the FAA actually acknowledged
that they were not following the guidance that they put out last
year, but it's extremely sad that it takes an accident for that to
become public knowledge."
Source: Andrew Cantwell, regional
vice-president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association,
commenting on the FAA's admission Tuesday that it knew the tower at
Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, KY was understaffed -- and that
another controller was needed on the weekend overnight shift.