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Old 04-14-2019, 02:02 PM   #21  
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Originally Posted by fly5280 View Post
Hello all,

Pretty new here.

Shortly after getting my PPL I had a rudder cable system fail on short short final on a crosswind landing. I did everything in my power to correct it. I was able to get the plane down, but slid to the side off the runway. The airplane sustained damage. It was called an accident because there was too much damage. The NTSB report came out and states it was caused by a rudder cable failure. I was also was not exceeding the crosswind limit of the aircraft. I was not injured at all. The FAA didn't have me do anything. Should I give up on a flying career? I see some job posting saying "no accidents or incidents." What do they mean? Do they mean crashes in bigger airplanes? If I remain clean will a 121 carrier hire me? I have not failed any checkrides. Any thoughts? I feel it's made me a better pilot. I'm still pretty young(26) Currently working on my IFR. Thanks
Glad you're ok, good job, now you have one of the interview questions nailed! Its a plus not a negative.
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Old 04-14-2019, 02:29 PM   #22  
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It’s a positive you need a good story to tell. Your not a good pilot unless you have had a few close calls and made it out okay. Remember it was because of your skill that you are still here today.
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Old 04-14-2019, 03:11 PM   #23  
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I just hired as a direct entry Captain a guy who had a accident due to an undetectable flight control failure. As others have said, its a GREAT story for your interview.
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