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FAA probe shows pilot buzzed mall, home at 500 feet

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US Airways passenger Flight 4343 was on its way to the Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport when a rapid descent caused the flight attendant to look out the window. What she saw was scary. The plane was low, and it was going fast. "My brain went into emergency/evacuation mode," flight attendant Charlene Helgason said, according to a record of her phone interview with Federal Aviation Administration officials. (www.usatoday.com) Plus d'info...

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bentwing60
bentwing60 3
Watched a crew of those "young and inexperienced" pilots do a very Pitts like low pass at Aero Country (T31) back in the 80's. They were flying a 727 and caused more than one distress call when they were observed at well less than 500'. Ah buzzing, older than the Wright brothers. The birds do it all the time. Not condoning, just sayin.
sparkie624
sparkie624 -2
This Guy Was Not Young and Was VERY Experienced.. As a Maintenance Controller that used to work there, I would have to say that he was one of the best pilots in the fleet. He had many thousands of hours flying those Dashes since they first came out many years ago... Him above anyone else I would have never expected such a maneuver.. If I was to guess, I would say that he had 45,000-50,000 hours easy.
bentwing60
bentwing60 3
I was being sarcastic "Sparkie" The article claimed that most of the guys that did this sorta thing were "young and inexperienced" hence the quotation marks. The 727 incident I refer to was a shiny silver one, Dallas based crew, very experienced. The poke was at the author, and old experienced buzzers!
DashTrash
DashTrash 2
I've flown with him. No way he has 45-50,000 hrs, but he does have a lot of experience in the airplane and knows it very well. Among the most knowledgeable in the company.

The location of his house in relation to the airport and mall makes it easy to fly over his house both safely and legally. That part is not a big deal and flying at or below 500 ft is not something he did regularly, or more people within the company would have known about it. I fully believe there is more to this story. Why else would it surface nearly two years after the fact?

As far as the captain is concerned, he did fly too low. He had his ATP revoked and was terminated. He will not get another flying job, especially at any airline. He's paid in full for his actions, as has his family. For this to surface as he is trying to get on with his life is below the belt.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
I did not know he was terminated... But I am not surprised either...
flynavy001
flynavy001 2
Sparkle, there are only a few pilots on the planet who have logged 45,000 flight hours. The pilot may be experienced, but his actions will probably end his aviation career in the US. "There is no fool like an old fool."
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
I agree... This guy has been flying the Dash since S/N 001, and he had a lot of time in the Dash 7's and Beech 1900's before that... This guy is VERY HIGH TIME.
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 1
He's 38 years old according to the article. No possible way he could have more than around 22000 hours, and definitely not flown s/n 001.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
S/N was 007, which was the first one Piedmont got (or Hensen at the time) and they were the Launch Customer.
Pilot78
Pilot78 1
what I would give to be on that flight
DashTrash
DashTrash 1
Not sn: 001, but 007. We all flew that one. (I think it was 007 anyway). 906 was the first -8 Henson took delivery of and was recently retired.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
You are correct... My bust... But Piedmont was the Launch Customer for the Dash 8 however...
genethemarine
Gene spanos 1
We use to get buzzed by the Tuesday and Thursday UAL pilot who made the less than 2,000 Feet AGL Tokyo Japan run. This jet jockey appeared to have plenty of room upstairs..to climb.Marine pilots know how to deliver the goods on a target....I believe some ended up flying for UAL too....
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 1
So he was revoked and couldn't reapply for a year, but got his ATP and CFI 8 months later??? Some BS facts here!!!

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sparkie624
sparkie624 3
I can tell you first hand he was very experienced, however, he did use extremely poor judgement and made a very stupid mistake... I think in your statement you meant to say: "he should NOT be allowed to fly anymore."
genethemarine
Gene spanos 1
There are old pilots and there are bold pilots....but too many
old and bold pilots left in the fleet(s) of today.
DashTrash
DashTrash 1
I believe the initial revocation was for one year.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
It was... He gets his license back in December, but probably not his Job...
paultrubits
paul trubits 1
The KCLT-KSBY flight goes over my house by the golf course on it's final approach. Would love to see the look on the face of the old guys teeing off as he buzzed them.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
Would have been worse if one of the balls got sucked into an Intake.. :(
paultrubits
paul trubits 2
I have taken that flight a bunch of times. Would have loved to been there. After we landed, the drinks would have been on me.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
LOL...
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 1
I suffer that quite frequently...
DashTrash
DashTrash 1
It would get spit right out of the intake bypass doors. Too heavy to make the turn into the engine inlet.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
That would be ideal, Those ByPass doors do a great job of ByPassing debris, but in maintenance I have seen derbies go through the engine... Those engines have a lot of sucking power going into that InTake.
sparkie624
sparkie624 0
And I know this pilot... Very Good, Skilled Pilot and has been in the DASH 8 with Piedmont for many years...

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