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View Full Version : Will an accident hurt hiring?

08-16-2007, 09:18 AM
Hey pilots, take a look at the NTSB report for Dec. 25, 2001 in California. Cessna 172
tail# N738BC and tell me what you think and if it will affect hiring at an airline.



Bucking Bar
08-16-2007, 09:20 AM
There is no record of that ever having happened :)

08-16-2007, 09:21 AM so? It's in the NTSB report.

08-16-2007, 09:26 AM
Please do not post one thread in multiple forums. Thank you.

The management.

PS: The link doesn't work.

Bucking Bar
08-16-2007, 09:33 AM
Dead link to "no record found."

Unless the accident was due to an act of comission you are going to be OK. For example, you knew it was wrong ahead of time and you did it anyway.

Other types of accidents happen due to systems failures and pilots are considered heros on occassion.

Most times a pilot just screws up (an act of omission). If that was your buddy (or you) then they simply need to realize what needs to be fixed and develop a safety oriented attitude which assures the airline hiring department that this was an isolated mistake and a good lesson has been learned.

Friends who have checkride busts, incidents or LOR's on their records have got hired at Southwest, FedEx, Delta and AirTran. All airlines which maintain high standards. You might have to work harder to get the interview, but the more time and experience you put between you and the event with a clean record, the better off you will be.

08-16-2007, 09:34 AM
As I have been told the limk does not work. Can you look at Dec 25, 2001 San Clemente, CA N738BC on the NTSB website and tell me what you think.


08-16-2007, 09:50 AM
The NTSB assigns no blame to the pilot. This along with the fact that the pilot was low time should help. The lack of headwork-- no flotation devices and not being within gliding distance of land may be questioned, but again low time pilot.

08-16-2007, 09:55 AM
As I have been told the lik does not work. Can you look at Dec 25, 2001 San Clemente, CA N738BC and tell me what you think.


My thoughts on this...

Rough that there were fatalities, but as far as your career prospects go, the NTSB placed the blame on the magneto. You would not be the first professional pilot whose history involved in a fatal accident, nor the last.

The facts that you had flight following, communicated the emergency, and turned toward land prevented your actions from being contributory to the did everything you could.

If the pax had not got out of the airplane then the failure to brief the ditching could have been named a contributory factor, but since they all got out that's not really relevant. For a low-time private pilot, you didn't do too badly.

If an an airline interviewer wanted to be a real @sshole, he might ask why you flew an ASEL out of power-off glide range from land and why you didn't have life vests. These are not regulatory requirements, and while they might reflect on your judgement I would suspect that low flight experience, not bad judgement, was the issue here.

I think you are fine career-wise...anybody who sees this will recognize it for what it is: A learning experience with the ultimate negative reinforcement.

08-16-2007, 10:19 AM
Thank you Rickair7777. I recently have returned to aviation and it feels good. I do feel more experienced and sounder in my ADM process. As of now I have obtained my AMEL and IFR ratings and am moving right along.

Thank you for your time,