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14th of February 2016

The dangers of fatigue

Dash 8

The 12th of February 2016 marked the 7th anniversary of the Colgan Air crash, in Buffalo, New York state, which killed 50 people.

The accident serves as a grim reminder of the dangers of fatigue.

According to the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the captain and first officer had had very little sleep and reduced opportunity for adequate rest in the 24 hours before the accident. They had both commuted long distances by air before their shift, the Captain from Florida, and the first officer from Seattle, on the US west coast. The NTSB found the pilots’ performance was most likely impaired because of fatigue, and the airline did not proactively address certain pilot fatigue hazards.

(Read the full article at the Flight Safety Australia website: http://www.flightsafetyaustralia.com/2016/02/grim-reminder-of-dangers-of...)