Bad situation. Glad no one seriously injured. Both to blame but it would have been far easier for the jeep to avoid than Cessna descending on final. I would say that Jeep had last clear chance to avoid. Low time pilots make mistakes and therefore become better pilots. God knows i made plenty and ridicule was not necessary to learn the lesson. Cars and planes do not mix. Period. I encourage Mr. Davis to step up his training, hold his head high and continue flying. Remember all pilots have made and continue to make mistakes.
Dr. McGlaughlin, Im so glad that you and your daughter are safe. You are obviously very intelligent and well spoken and i believe a proficient pilot. Thank you for all you do to make our world a better place.
My response is for Randy Brown who made the outrageous statement that stupid pilots buy Cirrus. I have purchased three new cirrus aircraft since 2003. Each purchase was based on increased safety. I must be really stupid. I live in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky and fly at night. In the event of engine failure or avionics failure, especially in IFR conditions, short of a runway there is NO place to land. I prefer to rely on the chute. Oh yeah, I am IFR rated and train annually. I really dont know any pilots that I would consider stupid.
Randy, my recollection is that the awake controller tried unsuccessfully to raise the sleeping controller for 5 hours. You say that this was dead time and safety was never compromised. Do you remember the Comair tragedy in Lexington that occurred with only one awake controller on duty. I remember it well, I lost a friend on that flight. Have you looked at the investigation findings? Lexington now maintains at least two controllers on duty to prevent another tragedy from occurring. Controllers are human and make mistakes but it is less likely when two are awake and overseeing flights.
Does our society really accept a controller sleeping on the job for five hours while being paid to oversee a ultrahazardous activities? Why do you think they are drug tested?
I dont care about the embarrassment, I am concerned with the lives of people in the air and on the ground.
Again, I think there should be repercussions.
Lighten up? No one should sleep on the job! The clowns in Washington are an entirely different matter. This is a serious matter and happening all too often. If they cant handle their shift they shouldnt be there taking the pay. I really dont think their super sensitive union is allowing them to be over worked. I work 60-70 hrs a week and have great stress but I do not sleep on the job or go to work under the influence. Nor do I have people's lives under my control. This is not acceptable. Buz you need to WAKE UP!
We need two controllers in case one falls asleep? When did it become acceptable or a foreseeable event that controllers would fall asleep on the job. Seems to me that FAA should be looking at criminal charges instead of dealing with the controllers Union.