AIRLINES: Continental's Flaps Flap

Continental's Flaps Flap

On-the-job training is generally a fine technique, but hardly when the job involves piloting an aircraft loaded with passengers. The Federal Aviation Administration last week said it would investigate the training procedures at Continental Airlines after one of the carrier's pilots admitted that on several flights he had made deliberate mistakes prior to takeoff -- like setting the plane's wing flaps in the wrong position and misstating the aircraft's weight -- in order to test the skills and alertness of his copilot.

The revelation came during a National Transportation Safety Board investigation of a Continental DC-9 crash that killed 28 people...

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