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JetBlue pilot suffers another psychotic meltdown, sleep deprivation concerns raised

A JetBlue captain who went on a crazed rampage during a flight from New York City to Las Vegas in March has suffered another psychotic episode in the mental hospital where he was admitted. The details of the pilot’s latest episode, which have not been released, prompted a federal judge in Texas to order that he stay under psychiatric observation for another 30 days. Crew members aboard the flight said that Captain Clayton Osbon, 49, showed up late and missed a crew briefing before the airplane took off. His behavior became strange shortly after takeoff, when he started making confused, ... Read More

Fatal Bronx crash occurred on accident-prone parkway

Authorities continue to investigate the cause of a tragic single-vehicle car crash that killed three generations of a Bronx family Sunday afternoon when the 2004 Honda Pilot SUV they were traveling in careened off the Bronx River Parkway and crashed into a ravine about 60 feet below. The horrific crash claimed the lives of Jacob Nunez, 85, and his wife Ana Julia Martinez, 81, both residents of the Dominican Republic; their daughters, Maria Gonzalez, 45, and Maria Nunez, 39, and three of their children, Jocelyn Gonzalez, 10, Niely Rosario, 7, and Marly Rosario, 3, both daughters of Nunez. The group ... Read More

ATV rollover kills 22-year-old student pilot

A 22-year-old student helicopter pilot was killed early Sunday morning when the all-terrain vehicle she was driving rolled over. Reports say that Aura Corina Dacin, who friends described as a free spirit, “wild child” and thrill seeker, was driving the ATV at Oakland-Troy Airport in Troy, Michigan, when the rollover occurred.  According to Troy Police, Dacin was out riding ATVs with her flight instructor Saturday night when she hit a cement pad just before 1 a.m., causing the rollover. Dacin was ejected from the vehicle and hit her head. The ATV then landed on top of her. Dacin was taken ... Read More

Working conditions may have contributed to Colgan air crash

When one thinks of commercial airline pilots, one doesn’t ordinarily think of working part-time at a coffee shop, living with mom and dad, sleeping on crew lounge couches, and making $16,000 per year. But at that rate of pay, what other options are there? That was the life of Rebecca Shaw, first officer of Continental Connection flight 3407, which crashed after stalling in skies above Buffalo, New York. Tuesday we wrote that the National Transportation Safety Board was focusing its investigations on how much training and experience Captain Marvin Renslow had and whether he was competent enough to pull the ... Read More

Investigators focus on pilot competency in Buffalo plane crash

Serious questions have arisen about the competency and training of the pilot who was in charge of flying the Colgan Air commuter plane when it crashed last February in Buffalo, New York. The crash claimed the lives of all 49 people aboard and one person on the ground. Investigators will announce their findings tomorrow in the case. Transcripts of the cockpit conversation revealed that Captain Marvin Renslow and first officer Rebecca Shaw were likely not adequately trained and experienced to handle the particular flying conditions they faced. Moreover, the crew may have violated the cockpit rule of refraining from “irrelevant ... Read More

Mid-air emergency in Australia leaves passengers with personal injuries

In Australia on October 10, a plane that encountered a mid-air emergency resulted in injuries to 50 passengers. This mid-air emergency could cause Qantas to spend millions of dollars to compensate passengers. According to the Australian News, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau reported that “data obtained from the A330-300’s recorder and cockpit voice recorder showed the jet had been cruising at 37,000ft before it suddenly climbed about 200ft, then pitched nose-down to descend about 650ft in 20 seconds.  The plane then returned to cruise normally before descending 400ft in another nose-down pitch, which lasted a further 16 seconds.” When the ... Read More

Don’t Drive and Dial

Today, Occupational Health & Safety magazine published the results of a report from Experimental Psychology magazine, which examines why language – talking and listening, even or especially on a cell phone – may interfere with visual tasks like driving. Two different experiments, conducted by Dr. Amit Almor, a psychology researcher at the University of South Carolina, found that planning to speak and speaking put far more demands on the brain’s resources than listening. “We measured their attention level and found that subjects were four times more distracted while preparing to speak or speaking than when they were listening,” said Almor ... Read More

FAA Bans Chantix

The Wall Street Journal reported in its Health Blog on May 21 that the Federal Aviation Administration has banned the stop-smoking drug Chantix for pilots and air traffic controllers. According to the report, Pfizer’s smoking-cessation drug Chantix came in for a bit more trouble as a research group cited reports of physical side effects associated with the drug. The FAA, which reviewed the report, barred pilots and air traffic controllers from taking the drug, the WSJ reports. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices examined adverse-event reports turned into the FDA in the fourth quarter of last year, and found 988 ... Read More