Tuesday 21 February 2017

Co-pilot is essential for vital safety checks

Published 21/11/2012 | 05:00

WHY should it be essential to declare a Mayday and land as soon as possible when one of the pilots becomes ill or incapacitated?

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A golden rule of commercial aviation is "expect the unexpected". Supposing something were to go wrong with the aircraft an hour later? Could the remaining pilot then cope alone?

Getting a stand-in to read the pre-landing checklists is vital. The introduction of checklists is one of the biggest single contributions to air safety.

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