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February 13, 2009

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3000hrATP

I'm not surprised this happened to Colgan Air. Colgan Air is a money-pinching, bottom-feeder airline living on the brink of closing that places inexperienced kids in the cockpit and trains them on the job. They've immensely benefitted from their founder's political connections, Virginia State Senator Chuck Colgan, which saved their a$$ more than once. Yesterday's wx conditions in that particular area of the country surely demanded a more experienced crew. That's the dirty little lie of most commuter operations across the USA. It's also important to note that Colgan just recently transitioned to this aircraft type. They've only flown Saab 340s and Beech 1900s before. Sadly, Pinnacle is not much better.

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