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August 8, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59A US Airways passenger flight flew at remarkably low altitude, about 525 feet (160 metres) so the pilot could zoom over his house, a flight attendant has told the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

A flight attendant related the strange story of US Airways passenger Flight 4343 during an investigation into the incident.

“My brain went into emergency/evacuation mode,” flight attendant Charlene Helgason told US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials.

What Helgason didn’t know was that the pilot-in-command, Edmund C. Draper, had purposely lowered the plane in order to fly over his home, to Federal Aviation Administration documents reviewed by US publication The Daily Times.

Documents provided to the publication under the US Freedom Of Information Act state that about 24 passengers were aboard the DHC-8-102 aircraft flying a US domestic flight when the incident happened.

“On or about December 21, 2012, you operated an aircraft with reckless disregard for safety during a Part 121 flight with 24 passengers on board at an excessive speed and dangerously low altitude when not necessary for landing,” an FAA determination of emergency in the case reads.

“Your acts endangered the lives of your passengers, fellow crewmembers and people and property at The Centre at Salisbury Mall [which the plane zoomed over].

“You have demonstrated that you are unable or unwilling to comply with basic regulatory requirements.”

Details of the case have surfaced recently. It turns out that Captain Draper’s airline transport pilot certificate number was revoked 19 June 2013, with an emergency order of revocation from the FAA.

The order alleges that Draper violated these federal aviation regulations:

  • Section 91.13(a), which states no person may operate an aircraft in a careless or reckless manner so as to endanger the life or property of another.
  • Section 91.119(b), which states no person may operate an aircraft over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement, or over any open air assembly of persons, below an altitude of 1000 feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal radius of 2,000 feet of the aircraft.

“As a result of the foregoing, the Administrator finds that you lack the qualifications necessary to hold an FAA Airline Transport Pilot Certificate,” the order reads.

The order stated that Draper wouldn’t be allowed to apply for a new pilot certificate nor be issued one for a year, The Daily Times reports.

Written by : William Sykes

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