Well said Meat and sky.
Doc, I can respect a lot of your comments, but unfortunately all accidents aren't the result of pushing things or making a wrong decision or not paying attention in class. I had my accident too and I'm happy to be typing today but pure failures, anomalies, confusion or otherwise can paint the best aviator into a box regardless of experience or training. It's not just common sense.
Someday you might be in that box as well. I never thought I would be there myself....
All we can do is try our best to be safe or fly conservatively and learn from other accidents in order to mitigate the risk. We are only human (all with a different hard drive upstairs) and it's only a machine.
Much like DaveP, I too had my accident. Im grateful that im alive to type this reply as well.
Doc, as you pointed out in another thread, we usually agree. On this one, we dont. You know the details of my crash. The several "comedy of errors" that all had to occur in sync, to make me fall outta the sky. Me, a guy who preached flying heavy on fuel all my career...even took guff from TCA over telling my pilots that being 50 lbs overweight was ok as long as it was GAS...fell outta the sky and could not get fuel pressure. Hmmm.. My friend, im calling you out on this... do you believe my accident was a lack of common sense? Knowing all the details that you do, what do you believe was the cause of my crash?
It cost me 22 broken bones and a lost flying career that i LOVE. But I think we both know, it can happen to anyone at anytime...and even when you`ve dotted your I`s and crossed your Ts.
I would love to never have to read a thread in this forum ever again. Maybe one day human beings will find a way not to have accidents. Until that time comes, forums like this will sadly remain active.
We can take precautions, follow the regs, not push wx and do it completely by the book...and still, we will end up here discussing how or why it happened.
Yes Colgan and Air France should learn when pulling back doesnt work, try pushing forward! I also agree Doc that many accidents are 100% preventable. I also concur that many accidents are a result of a lack of common sense. Its just not something we can paint with one brush. There are so many other factors that lead up to an accident. In my personal case... I did it ALL by the book, and still fell outta the sky?. So its not always a lack of common sense my friend. Sometimes its as simple as circumstances.
Rant over... now back to your regular scheduled programming.
Fly safe all!