Unqualified pilot at controls before Embraer E190 crash at Durango
Mexican investigators have disclosed that an unqualified pilot had been sitting in the first officer's seat of an Embraer 190, flying the aircraft, moments before it crashed on take-off during poor weather at Durango.
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February 2019 - DAVID KAMINSKI-MORROW for Flightglobal.com
- Mexican investigators have disclosed that an unqualified pilot had been sitting in the first officer's seat of an Embraer 190, flying the aircraft, moments before it crashed on take-off during poor weather at Durango.
All 103 occupants survived the crash, on 31 July last year, although the Aeromexico Connect aircraft (XA-GAL) was destroyed.
The commission probing the accident found that a crew member travelling in the cabin had been allowed into the cockpit, but took the place of the first officer before the departure.
It points out that the crew member held a multi-engine licence to command Beechcraft King Air turboprops, and was an "aspiring" to become an E-Jet first officer, having started initial theoretical training in May 2018 and completing 64h of simulator activity.
While he had...
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