Fri, Mar 14, 2003
Copilot So Sick He Passed Out -- More Than Once, They Say
Engineer Martin Ventriss, in court testimony against JAL, said that
copilot Jeff Bicknell was sick in the cockpit. The landing he made
on a Bangkok-Osaka flight, June 17, 2001 was so hard, Ventriss
said, that overhead bins popped open, and PAX were screaming. Three
days later, Ventriss continued, Bicknell fell asleep three times in
the right seat, on the first leg of a Honolulu-Hiroshima-Osaka run.
(He completed the flight and landed at Osaka.)
Some corroborating testimony was supplied by co-worker (Captain)
Jack Crawford. JAL and JALways, the two operators of the flights in
question, say the charges are absolutely without merit.
The two plaintiffs said that Mr. Bicknell had to
be "carried out of the cockpit" on at least two occasions on one
It is also coming out in court that the unfortunate Mr Bicknell
was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor on June 22, 2001.
He is, today, totally incapacitated, according to one report.
Ventriss and Crawford, in their suit against JAL, JALways, and
Hawaii Aviation Contract Services (their employer), said they were
harrassed on the job, and ultimately fired over voicing their
safety concerns. They're looking for around $7 million.
Also: USAF Hassled, Hummel UltraCruiser, Helo Limits, FAA Video, Greg Connell Accident, Medical Helo Suit, Bombardier's 100th VistaJet Canada is proposing changes to their seaplane>[...]
Finally Talking (And Still Hyping), Icon Production Plans Take A Big Hit The following is the text of a release from Icon Aircraft (bluster and all)... ANN Analysis and industry re>[...]
Atlantic Crossing Next Major Hurdle Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) departed Dayton (OH) International Airport with Bertrand Piccard at the controls, this morning at 0402 local time (UTC-4).>[...]
The Company That Won't Answer Questions, May Finally Have To Do So ANN has been bombarded with info and reports concerning the health and well-being of the Icon Aircraft program...>[...]
Safety Management System (SMS) This FAA website was created as a public resource for those seeking to learn more about SMS within the aviation industry and the FAA.>[...]