Pinnacle Flight 3701

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Andrew Jacot
Aviation Safety
January 30, 2013
Pinnacle Airline Flight 3701

October 14, 2004 in Jefferson City, Missouri two pilots made a decision that would be fatal. The Captain was Jesse Rhodes and the First Officer was Peter Cesarz and were flying for Pinnacle Airlines. The plane they were flying was a Bombardier CRJ200, which is a twin-engine, 50 seat regional jet.

The pilots had nobody on board so when they took off they immediately had their minds set on reaching 41,000 feet to become a part of the “410” club. They pitched the plane up as soon as they took off reach 1.8 g’s of force before letting off, then pitched up again reaching 2.3 g’s of force before letting off at 37,000 feet. Then they pulled up to the planes maximum altitude of 41,000 feet and the plane started to stall. The planes stall warning system alerted and when the crew didn’t lower the nose to gain speed the planes “stick pushers” pushed the control down. Rhodes and Cesarz overrode the stick pushers three times, the last time they pulled the nose up, both engines blew out.

The stalled and started its descend to earth. They tried to restart the engines but they wouldn’t ignite. Therefore they crashed the plane behind a column of houses. The only fatalities were the two men on board. The cause of this accident was the pilot and co-pilot acting in an irresponsible manner for which was the cause of their fatal deaths.

Sources
"What Went Wrong: The Crash Of Flight 3701." Popular Mechanics. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2013.
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