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Bored Pilots Pushed Their Aircraft to Its Limit: The Crash of Pinnacle Airlines Flight 3701

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On a repositioning flight in 2004, two bored pilots decided to push their aircraft to its limit. The results of this experiment on Pinnacle Airlines Flight 3701 were disastrous. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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mwf117
"yolk stick shakers"
ghstark
Greg S 8
The pilots first egged each other on, then they had to scramble to prevent a full stall from developing.
AirplaneC
C J 4
It's hard to believe that professional pilots could crack like that and become a mere shell of themselves.
mwf117
Its probably because they get paid chicken-feed
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
So they risked life and limb over a paycheck and paid the ultimate price... I do not believe that for 1 second... They were bored and decided to play around pushing the aircraft where it was not certified or able to preform, they were Hot Dogging it! Have you listened to the CVR... When you do, come back for a comment... BTW, I have heard the CVR Recording!
ghstark
Greg S 3
You don't seem to have a sense of humor.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
Actually I do, but Not when it comes to someone stupidly destroying a perfectly good flying airplane by purposely taking it beyond published limits.... They could have survived, but when they lost an engine and could not restart they did not declare an emergency or state what was going on. They finally admitted a single engine failure later on in the recording. Controllers were getting them to the nearest suitable for Single engine... They they declared both engines failed and it was too late by then... Per the FDR Both engines failed at 43,000 feet and were literally seized in side (yes, I have seen pictures of the engine)... These too (Supposedly) professional pilots did not follow the check list and hot dogged the plane well beyond limits and destroyed both engines... Somehow, know 2 pilots like that (not personally), I just cannot find humor in that. This is an event that was 100% preventable and that plane and crew should still be flying today if it were not for these 2 guys (Maybe timed out), but could have went to other services else where.
ghstark
Greg S 3
No, you just don't have a sense of humor. We were joking about a silly typo in the article but you never clocked it and never caught on. You still haven't.
sparkie624
sparkie624 6
Probably at some point.. But the real cause was that they tried to fly the plane above the service ceiling and smoked both engines... They did not declare an emergency immediately. If they had, they could have vectored in to an airport. They delayed until way too late and could not make it anywhere. Both paid the ultimate price and totaled the plane... You should heard the Voice Recorder... Quite Scary! Those guys should have never been in a cockpit of any plane!
watkinssusan
the article apprears to show two pilots who either wanted to think of themselves as blue angels pilots,test pilots,or they just wanted to play with the aircraft like a video game..that in itself was shameful and resulted in their own two deaths..the event was 20 years ago,so why publish this article now?..
Cleffer
Cleffer 1
Student Pilot question here:
"....the cockpit stick shaker went off, indicating a stall. The pilots ignored the stick shaker warning by pushing down on the control column, leading to the first of multiple oscillations of the aircraft nose."

Wouldn't gentle nose-down yoke pressure help to correct this situation? (If you don't over-react)
ghstark
Greg S 5
The writing in this article ... could be better. Just replace "ignored" with "responded to".
Cleffer
Cleffer 0
Thank you.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
For lack of better terms.... They were bored and wanted to have fun pushing the plane to the limit... I used to work for them years ago (great company). This crew wanted to try to have fun and push the plane to its real limits.. They succeeded and then some... However they paid the ultimate price for it.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
Very Familiar with this one.. Crew paid the ultimate Price!

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AirplaneC
C J 2
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