HisBoyLeroy: Doesn't look like they used the AED which should have been available. CPR is great, but getting your heart zapped will increase your survival by a whole bunch more.
dbirchall: My wife said it seems like there's always one passenger on the plane who's a pilot and can help fly.I suggested that yeah, people in the industry fly for cheap or free, so it's not uncommon for them to be taking a flight to work or whatever.She didn't accept that answer, and thinks it's deliberate, kind of like the Federal Air Marshals, and that they actually plan it so every flight has a pilot aboard as a passenger. Yay, I married a conspiracy theorist. :)
PainfulItching: And to clarify:Captain=First Officer=Pilot. Same designation. The man who has final word on the plane leaving the gate and pointing it skyward.Co-captain=second officer=copilot. Is capable of making the same calls as the captain, may not have enough seniority to sit in the chair, but is fully capable to operate the aircraft in nearly any condition
melopene: they call him the co-pilot
GungFu: Erm , why didn't the passenger who trains 737 pilots for a living just fly the farking plane? Instead, he 'helps' the co-pilot?What? Is he Jewish and it was a Sunday or some shiat? He could verbally assist but couldn't touch the controls? He had no arms or legs?Headline makes no sense.
The Southern Dandy: Um....why would a co-pilot need help landing the plane? That's kinda disturbing.
MisterTweak: Linked source in TFA mentions the pilot was 63 years old... I stopped paying attention a while ago, but I thought the FAA limited ATP's to 60 years, did that change, or is my memory just crappy?
bluorangefyre: Striker? Striker, Striker, Striker, STRIKER!
costermonger: melopene: There IS always a passenger who's a pilot and land the plane... they call him the co-pilot. I don't know how much things have changed in the industry over the past decade or so, but it used to be that the co-pilots, once they got enough seniority to fly the good routes, would take a pass on the promotion to 'full' pilot because that would mean going back to commuter runs and other puddle jumping crap.This kind of stuff is why you don't hear "co-pilot" much in the industry; implies that the other guy is the pilot. There are two 'full' pilots sitting up there, but one of them is in charge.
melopene: There IS always a passenger who's a pilot and land the plane... they call him the co-pilot. I don't know how much things have changed in the industry over the past decade or so, but it used to be that the co-pilots, once they got enough seniority to fly the good routes, would take a pass on the promotion to 'full' pilot because that would mean going back to commuter runs and other puddle jumping crap.
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