(Washington) The National Transportation Safety Board yesterday blamed an October 19 2004 of American Connection Flight 5966 crash on the plane's "catastrophic failure to remain airborne."
"Human beings are going to make errors when they are tired," said Duane Woerth, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, the nation's largest pilots union. "But if the fucking plane won't stay in the sky, the most methed-up pilot in the world ain't gonna help."
David A. Castelveter, spokesman for the Air Transport Association, which represents the airline industry, agreed that gravity was a deadly factor.
"FAA work rules ensure a safe environment both for our crews and the flying public," he said. "But that gravity's a real bitch - she doesn't cut any slack."
The acting chairman of the safety board, Mark V. Rosenker, said that even if the pilots were fatigued, the plane's job was to stay aloft.
"Discipline in that cockpit didn't seem to exist," Mr. Rosenker said. "But when a plane falls out of the sky, people are pretty much screwed."