Hello Good People, BlkAv8tor2003 checking In!!!
I'm sorry to hear and see we lost a flight in the Upstate NY area. A friend of mine here in AZ is under the command in the U.S. Army of the husband of the copilot on board this flight. so it hit a little close to home and as an aviator we never like to see an aircraft go down with the loss of lives. The incident/accident with US Airways landing in the Hudson we can see the skills of airmanship required to do what we do. I do have a couple a concerns about what was "reported" because I know the source and usually the local and national news agencies are about as qualified to speak about an airplane crash as I am to fly the space shuttle and never seen it before the time I strap in!
I'm not here to bash or bad mouth another pilot but I do have questions against what has been reported and hopefully I will have my answers once the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and the flight data recorder (FDR) have been found and released so I can hear for myself.
1. It's been reported that the copilot was the flying pilot and the captain was working the radios and when the plane really got into trouble the captain took over control which is normal. My question is as the aircraft was making its approach the copilot called for "gear down" well before the flaps were extended. Now I don't or have ever flown the Dash 8 but what I do know on most aircraft (jets or props) if you lower the landing gear before the flaps you get a very loud warning horn to let the pilots know that the aircraft is not configured correctly for landing. Why was this done if it's true? Just a question.
2. Is there an aerodynamic reason during flight in "known icing conditions" to extend the gear before the flaps? This one is puzzling to me so I will be looking forward to finding someone who is qualified currently or has flown it for a bit to help decipher this one.
These are just a couple of questions I had that I would like to get answered. I'm sorry that it happened and I offer my condolences to the families involved in the tragic accident but hopefully we will learn from it and continue to have safe airline travel in the future.
As I always say "Be Proactive, Not Reactive" so that you can enjoy your flight!
Updated 18 Feb 2009
N200WQ impacted a home at Buffalo (Photo: AP/David Duprey)
It will take 3-4 days to separate the victims' remains from the wreckage.
The airplane had been delayed to depart from Newark by high winds, not for any mechanical issue.
Authorities have heavily secured and cordoned off an area of 2 miles around the crash site on Saturday making clear, they only want people within that area that have absolutely to be there. Even residents have been moved out of their homes and are asked to not come into the perimeter while a search for clues into the crash is underway.