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    Re: Egregious navigation example
    From: Antoine Couëtte
    Date: 2010 Sep 10, 02:44 -0700

    Extremely interesting example, Gary ... And thanks also for the additionnal Air Almanac data.

    Always easy to say ... afterwards !! that (far too) many errors were made !!! Whoever says he will never get lost in the air with rather simple navigation equipment is most probably a quite "naïve" person to say the least.

    However immediately choosing the selsin gyro against the plain magnetic "no frills" compass is a bit surprising !!!

    The Captain could also have just made a 180° to fly north for just a few minutes to accurately record the azimut of Polaris ...

    And finally, I am surprised that - from the report as I can read it - the First Officer did not seem to get "more actively involved" !!! He certainly was - at least to some extent - as he was unfortunate to die just a few days after the accident, apparently due to the strain of the situation.

    However, from the report, main people to bear (almost full) responsibility remains the Captain for at least 2 reasons :

    - poor judgement throughout, and - equally important -
    - he was the Captain.

    Do we know how the Company handled their cases afterwards ?

    Best Regards


    Antoine M. "Kermit" Couëtte
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