Re: AA BDL MD-80 Incident

From: (Alexandc10)
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Date:         10 Dec 95 02:51:42 
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Again, you attempt to make the point that the pilot's error was in
accepting the approach.  The reported cieling has nothing to do with the
legality of accepting the approach.  Visibility (Which was 6 miles) is the
controlling factor.  The aircraft did not hit the ridge because of the
weather... the aircraft hit the ridge because it was too low.  Accepting
that approach with the reported weather was a perfectly reasonable thing
to do, as has been indicated by the many airline pilots (including me) who
have responded to your comments.  Obviously, something went very wrong
during this approach, and the pilots may have indeed had something to do
with it;  however, there are few if any of their colleagues who find
anything wrong with their decision making process regarding the approach.
Give the NTSB a chance to work through the details...