The Colgan accident
On February 12th 2009, at 10:17 p.m., the Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed into a house in Clerence Center, New York, after facing an aerodynamic stall. 49 people were on board, all of whom died, along with one person who was in the house the plane crashed into. The plane was also wrecked by forces of impact and postcrash fire. The plane was a Bombardier Dash-8 Q400 of registration N200WQ which was scheduled to fly from Newark, New Jersey to Buffalo, New York (Fitzgerald, 2010, p.151). The plane crash was the first fatal accident of a commercial plane in the United States. The National Transportation Safety Board investigated the issue to find out the root of the accident.
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It led to aerodynamic stall from which the plane failed to recover. Other factors that are believed to have added up to the flight’s crash was failure of the flight’s crew to monitor airspeed in relation to the increasing position of the low-speed cue. Also, they captain, and the first officer failed to adhere to the sterile cockpit procedures. They engaged in a conversation that was not related to their duties as flight crew. The captain failed to take control of the flight effectively, and finally, the Colgan Air failed to carry adequately out the procedures for airspeed selection and management when it approached icing conditions.
Fitzgerald, A. (2010). Air crash investigations: Pilot error kills 50 people in buffalo, the
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