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  1. omQ R

    omQ R said, 1 day ago

    This is at least the 4th (possibly 5th since we still not sure what happen on flight MH370) pilot/co-pilot suicide/murder using airliners I’ve read about. Excluding 11th Sept,’01 as that was terrorism/political.


    1999 Air Botswana incident Ok, only killed himself but took out 3 planes and effectively crippled Air Bostwana


    1999 EgyptAir Flight 990 Disputed findings, mechanical failure scenario proposed by Egyptians (politically motivated?) or deliberate 1st officer action (American NTSB conclusion); 217 dead.


    2013 LAM Mozambique Airlines Flight 470 33 killed; pilot action.

  2. mikefive

    mikefive said, 1 day ago

    @omQ R

    “If I’m gonna die then…”

  3. Beavis

    Beavis said, 1 day ago

    “You have just as much of a chance of being killed by your pilot as by a terrorist on your plane. Perhaps the TSA should subject all of the pilots to a psychological evaluation before every flight and let all of us passengers just walk on the plane.”

    Laurence M Vance.

  4. Comicsfan222

    Comicsfan222 said, 1 day ago

    @Beavis

    1. It would be the FAA, not the TSA
    2. Based on what authority?

  5. painedsmile

    painedsmile said, 1 day ago

    You didn’t mention David Burke and Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771".
    .
    “in 1987 a former airline worker shot his boss mid-flight, causing the stewardess to tell the pilot “we have a problem”. The pilot asked “what kind of problem?”, and at that moment the man shot the stewardess dead and announced “I’m the problem” before murdering the pilots and crashing the plane."
    .
    Here is small documentary about the incident.

  6. echoraven

    echoraven said, 1 day ago

    @Beavis

    “…should subject all of the pilots to a psychological evaluation”
    .
    To my knowledge they were.

  7. Northern Redman

    Northern Redman said, 1 day ago

    In this day and age of drones, computers, and auto-pilot, why do we need actual pilots in the cockpit?

  8. msowards

    msowards said, 1 day ago

    @Northern Redman

    uh Oh you better be careful or you gonna get the pilots union after you.

  9. Cerabooge

    Cerabooge said, 1 day ago

    @Northern Redman

    Gives “blue screen of death” a new meaning.

  10. omQ R

    omQ R said, 1 day ago

    @painedsmile

    Wasn’t aware of that case, thanks.
    A Guardian article I read this morning brought up the Egyptair case as well as 1997 SilkAir Flight 185.

  11. omQ R

    omQ R said, 1 day ago

    @Northern Redman

    It is thought/predicted that all cargo flights will be pilotless by 2035 while passenger aircraft will still retain human pilots. There are trials right now within the UK which are completely computer controlled, although a human pilot is present just in case.

  12. omQ R

    omQ R said, 1 day ago

    @mikefive

    Yeah; a little unsettling. I fly a couple times a month, at the very least. I can accept human error, technical error but intentional murder is, well, ffs.

  13. omQ R

    omQ R said, 1 day ago

    @painedsmile

    While checking out your link I discovered a list of other similar cases of aviation murder/suicide.


    It mentions at least another two cases ( 1994 Royal Air Maroc Flight 630 & 1964 Pacific Air Lines Flight 773 and another couple thwarted ones. Eep, the list keeps on growing…

  14. prfesser

    prfesser said, 1 day ago

    @Beavis

    The co-pilot had passed the requisite psychological testing twice. He was also under the care of a Psychiatrist (apparently for depression) – the Psych. had given him a letter excusing him from flying the day of the crash, but the letter was found in his residence, torn. He had never shown it to his superiors.
    .
    The airline knew he was being treated (but they won’t divulge for what, to protect his privacy).
    .
    Both the psychiatrist and the airline are at fault, as much as the co-pilot. There was sound reason to prohibit him from flying, yet they allowed him to fly.

  15. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, about 24 hours ago

    @prfesser

    Acrophobia…

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