TAM Airlines jet pilot attacked, forced to land

Discussion in 'Other Airlines | South America' started by sobore, Feb 12, 2012.  |  Print Topic

  1. sobore
    Original Member

    sobore Gold Member

    Messages:
    12,421
    Likes Received:
    33,847
    Status Points:
    16,520
    http://www.3news.co.nz/TAM-Airlines...-land/tabid/423/articleID/242630/Default.aspx

    A Brazilian airliner safely made a forced landing after a passenger had a "psychotic attack," entered the cockpit and assaulted a pilot, crew members and passengers who tried to subdue him, witnesses said.

    The TAM Airlines jet was en route from Montevideo, Uruguay, to Sao Paulo when a man who some passengers said was wearing a TAM identification badge got into the cockpit because the door was open. Shortly after, the plane dove to the right, causing passengers to scream and the pilot to yell for help over the speaker system.
     
    OY-JFS, TheTravelAbstract and MLW20 like this.
  2. MSPeconomist
    Original Member

    MSPeconomist Gold Member

    Messages:
    58,563
    Likes Received:
    98,528
    Status Points:
    20,020
    Why was the cockpit door not closed and locked during the flight?
     
  3. MLW20
    Original Member

    MLW20 Gold Member

    Messages:
    8,363
    Likes Received:
    4,911
    Status Points:
    6,545
    Crazy story. Thanks for sharing. Maybe they will learn to lock the cockpit to prevent potential disaster in the future.
     
    OY-JFS and LETTERBOY like this.
  4. TheTravelAbstract

    TheTravelAbstract Silver Member

    Messages:
    322
    Likes Received:
    399
    Status Points:
    520
    He was probably just pissed about the way Luis Suarez is being treated by los gringos de inglaterra!

    Boludos!
     
    OY-JFS likes this.
  5. HaveMilesWillTravel
    Original Member

    HaveMilesWillTravel Gold Member

    Messages:
    12,504
    Likes Received:
    20,199
    Status Points:
    16,520
    My thought as well. Maybe potty break?
     
    OY-JFS, MSPeconomist and LETTERBOY like this.
  6. MSPeconomist
    Original Member

    MSPeconomist Gold Member

    Messages:
    58,563
    Likes Received:
    98,528
    Status Points:
    20,020
    It should not be a very long flight. Don't pilots take care of their business before departure?
     
  7. HaveMilesWillTravel
    Original Member

    HaveMilesWillTravel Gold Member

    Messages:
    12,504
    Likes Received:
    20,199
    Status Points:
    16,520
    I often wonder that myself. It seems to be about 970 miles in this case. I have seen pilots go potty on SFO-LAS or vice versa, which are half the distance.
     
    OY-JFS and MSPeconomist like this.
  8. canucklehead
    Original Member

    canucklehead Gold Member

    Messages:
    5,895
    Likes Received:
    22,059
    Status Points:
    11,070
    Glad they were able to land safely. Sounds like mayhem with that many people in the cockpit!
     
    LETTERBOY likes this.
  9. Gaucho
    Original Member

    Gaucho Gold Member

    Messages:
    6,640
    Likes Received:
    13,407
    Status Points:
    11,795
    Having flown 4 segments on TAM over the past week, I can say from experience that they dont have the cockpit door closed very much.... my segments were all Argentina & Brazil so maybe this is different for North American routes but the door on my flights was open all the time....
     
  10. HaveMilesWillTravel
    Original Member

    HaveMilesWillTravel Gold Member

    Messages:
    12,504
    Likes Received:
    20,199
    Status Points:
    16,520
    Why would they do that? There's a door for a reason. If they don't use it and their local regulatory agency doesn't require it, UA might have some left-over "mesh" curtains to give away that they can swap in to save some weight.
     
    MSPeconomist likes this.
  11. MSPeconomist
    Original Member

    MSPeconomist Gold Member

    Messages:
    58,563
    Likes Received:
    98,528
    Status Points:
    20,020
    Don't airline security experts say that the best defense is hardened and locked cockpit doors? Even if not required, this is common sense.
     
  12. HaveMilesWillTravel
    Original Member

    HaveMilesWillTravel Gold Member

    Messages:
    12,504
    Likes Received:
    20,199
    Status Points:
    16,520
    Where did you get that silly idea? X-raying every passenger and limiting liquids to 100ml quantities is the best approach to keep us safe.

    Jokes aside, I don't think it should take a security expert to come up with the locked door strategy. It's just common sense.
     
    LETTERBOY and MSPeconomist like this.
  13. MSPeconomist
    Original Member

    MSPeconomist Gold Member

    Messages:
    58,563
    Likes Received:
    98,528
    Status Points:
    20,020
    One wonders whether these pilots lock their houses or hotel room doors.
     
    LETTERBOY likes this.
  14. Miles
    Original Member

    Miles Silver Member

    Messages:
    288
    Likes Received:
    980
    Status Points:
    695
    The cockpit door maybe was unlocked so the pilot could go into the toilet to relieve himself? It sounds as if the airline should invest in some of these.
     

Share This Page