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Re: Bounty captain Robin Walbridge's 'reckless decision' blamed for sinking
Absolutely one bad decision after another. All based upon poor judgement.
Using non marine calking was an inexcusable cut corner. Shows the willinness of the captain and the company to take unneeded risk.
As for the crew all agreeing to set sail with the captain? That i get. Though the report states the captain clearly gave them a choice, the peer pressure, loyalty and faith in the captain were all in play. it would have been very difficult for any of the crew, especially the less experienced members to opt out.
Interestingly other accidents point out the pressure to go. Among them a report of a Pan Am 727 that crashed will taking off from the airport at New Orleans. Though there was a severe thunderstorm at the airport planes continued to take off and land. Rather than delay the flight a few minutes to let the storm pass the Captain of this airliner hit the throttles and went for it. The plane crashed less than a minute later about a mile from the airport. Put on the ground by a micro burst. One of the side notes of that investigation was the pressure on the crew to go. other planes were going. Other pilots from their own airline were going. There was no way these pilots, using there better judgement, could tell their dispatchers they were gonna sit there until this thing passes. Pressure to go leads to bad judgement and a lot of lives lost or needlessly put in danger.
Last edited by TJC45; 02-11-2014 at 10:01 AM.