PBS Frontline’s Documentary investigates the crash of the Colgan Air Dash 8-Q400 flight number 3407.
Reporter Miles O’Brien is a pilot and 20 year veteran of reporting on aviation issues. He gives this story the time and depth it deserves, covering an issue that has long been brewing about the regional airlines hiring and training practices, as well as their dismal pay scales, all driven by the demand to offer seats at the lowest possible price.
No one in the airline industry or the private aviation side of air travel sets out at the beginning of each day making decisions that they believe will lead to a fatal crash of one of their aircraft. So how does it happen, and what part can the NTSB, FAA, DOT and the industry play in doing everything possible to prevent it from happening again?
When is the consumer educated to the point they realize that the airlines cannot deliver increased safety at lower costs? Safety costs money!
This story is worth an hour of your time to gain a better understanding of the issues our air transportation system faces with the economics of safety.
In a world where mainstream media sensationalizes everything and looks for the one minute stories to feed us in sound bites, the guys who have produced this have created a story that will, or at least should, make a difference.