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May 19, 2024 - 6:31:08 AM
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May 19, 2024 - 6:39:43 AM
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4550 posts since 12/30/2008

Yes, he is and it was a tough decision I bet. Having just traveled out of the country, it would certainly suck for the passengers but in that business there is NO ……….
Shoulda , woulda, coulda IMO.

May 19, 2024 - 7:15:12 AM
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15171 posts since 6/5/2011

"... will require a fuel filter replacement when it gets back from Hawaii."   Would that be scheduled maintenance or is the guy a clairvoyant?   

Any report on whether subsequent events indicated that "they" [the ones who said it was good to go] did/didn't know their stuff?

Edited by - Owen on 05/19/2024 07:15:41

May 19, 2024 - 7:57:29 AM
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18663 posts since 8/17/2008

A very good pilot who knows what his reasponsibilities are. He sounded very professional when he said that he was "refusing the airplane", like that's part of the checklist.

May 19, 2024 - 8:01:57 AM
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30220 posts since 8/3/2003

Better safe than sorry. He was undoubtedly in charge of hundreds of lives and I'd rather be delayed in my vacation than dead.

May 19, 2024 - 8:25:40 AM

12772 posts since 8/22/2006

Intuition has saved a lot of lives and with the recent reports of the problems planes have been having I will not argue against his judgement.

May 19, 2024 - 9:50:15 AM

15062 posts since 1/15/2005

Good for him! He wants to get home safely to see his family too!

May 19, 2024 - 12:20:51 PM



3085 posts since 11/3/2016

All of the above ----- it's his responsibility & decision .
We are big fans of "Air Disasters" on TV & there are sometimes pilot errors involved .
I flew ultralights for over 500 hrs whereby u are totally responsible for safety , maintenance , & everything . U have to be super cautious of mother nature , the plane , & yourself .

May 19, 2024 - 4:29:23 PM
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15062 posts since 1/15/2005

As a rule, I do not fly with amateur or hobby pilots. No offense to friends or others that may fly, but I ani't getting into a plane with you. I've had three very good friends and one friend's father who were killed in private airplane crashes and lost three friends when I was stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, SC. Of course the Marine pilots were professional pilots, but flying very complicated planes.

May 19, 2024 - 5:53:23 PM
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62154 posts since 12/14/2005

Originally posted by Texasbanjo

Better safe than sorry. He was undoubtedly in charge of hundreds of lives and I'd rather be delayed in my vacation than dead.

In the words of prize winning author and internationally published lyricist MIKE GREGORY:

"I'd rather BE late, than be known as THE late"!

May 19, 2024 - 10:07:37 PM

Paul R


16952 posts since 1/28/2010

While "not feeling it" wasn't he best choice of words, "refusing the airplane" was most likely the safer choice.

Even professional pilots goof up. Dad's company had a variety of planes. The pilot of the Grumman Widgeon, an amphibian, came in to land in Montreal and forgot to lower the landing gear.

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