Poorly Trained Pilot’s Flirting May Have Caused Flight 3407 Crash

May 12, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – In addition to being poorly trained, Capt. Marvin Renslow, the pilot of Flight 3407, which plunged into a house in February, killing 50, may have also been thinking with another head.

The 47-year-old was caught on an audio recording talking to his 24-year-old co-pilot, Rebecca Shaw, about various flirty and sexual topics. The recording, the transcript of which may be released to the public, had Renslow repeatedly hitting on the younger woman, moment before the plane went out of control.

The FAA is strict in it’s rule that no pilots are to have conversations unrelated to piloting after reaching 10,000 feet or under. This violation of the rules may have been a key factor in the crash, sources say.

Investigations are continuing as to why the airline allowed Renslow to pilot the 3407, after he failed various simulations, and had logged only 109 hours. They are also questioning why he was never trained properly in safety protocol and fail safes involved in the event of the plane stalling.


6 Responses to “Poorly Trained Pilot’s Flirting May Have Caused Flight 3407 Crash”

  1. Liz on May 12th, 2009 8:09 pm

    I think it’s horrifying that the airline allowed this pilot to fly after he failed ANY simulations, adding insult to injury, with another inexperienced copilot. To think that these people all lost their lives because of inexperience and unprofessionalism, it’s beyond the pale that this was allowed to happen. Should we all be concerned when we fly any regional carrier? Is this an industry practice? There should be steep government fines imposed in addition to the inevitable lawsuits.

  2. Peter Hansen on May 13th, 2009 1:06 pm

    The problem is, there are hundreds like him flying every day.

  3. Elaine Papilo on May 14th, 2009 4:47 pm

    This story is completely false. There is nothing resembling “hitting on” the first officer anywhere in the transcript of the communications between her and the captain.

  4. Katy♥ on June 4th, 2009 3:16 pm

    Guys, i dont know about you but that is just sick. I didnt know this until i read this. He is 47 and the girl is only 24. OK…..aqward!!!!!!

  5. anthony on April 5th, 2010 2:52 pm

    bottom line is first officer Shaw was more qaulified to fly the flight then Capt. Renslow…

  6. Dave on April 12th, 2010 10:26 am

    This article should be removed. The pilot and copilot were engaged in conversation in violation of sterlile cockpit procedures (in essence, no conversation not directly related to the operation of the aircraft permitted below 10,000 feet), and his handling of the aircraft was found to be a major cause of the crash.

    However, there was no hint of “flirty and sexual topics”. The transcript has been released in full at the NTSB website (http://www.ntsb.gov/publictn/2010/AAR1001.pdf). The last thing his family would need would be BS like that printed above.

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