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.
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