NTSB orders airline to turn over records on pilot

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Posted: Nov 10, 2011 10:46 AM
NTSB orders airline to turn over records on pilot

Federal accident investigators are ordering a regional air carrier to turn over previously withheld records regarding the qualifications of the pilots involved in a deadly 2009 air crash.

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman said in a statement Thursday that she was disappointed to learn that Pinnacle Airlines Corp. of Memphis, Tenn., the parent company of Colgan Air, hadn't provided the accident investigators internal emails relevant to the qualifications of Flight 3407's captain.

The emails recently surfaced in a lawsuit by victims' families. Attorneys for the families say the emails indicate that airline officials had doubts about the captain's flying skills. Fifty people, including the pilots, were killed in the crash near Buffalo, N.Y.

Pinnacle has said the captain was properly trained and qualified to fly the plane.