Friday, 16 July 2010


This afternoon I was interviewed by 'Voice of Moscow' radio with regard to the unfortunate Tu154 accident in Smolensk, which killed several of Poland's political elite. The concern appears to be that a voice other than those of the crew was to be heard on the CVR cockpit microphone shortly before the crash. If correct, this is an issue which has some significance in private transport flying as well - if your boss is on the aircraft and wants you to press on when it is clearly the wrong thing to do, how easy is it to say "No"?

I am not saying that is what happened (and it was a military aircraft in this case) but I would like to hear your opinions on the potential for private transport pilots to be put under undue pressure.

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