Jetstar flight crew feared death
A JETSTAR flight crew feared for their lives late last year after their plane came close to crashing during a tropical storm over Darwin, a Senate inquiry has heard.
The hearing was told that the A320 passenger jet would not climb and stalled for several minutes.
A Qantas A380 captain, who gave evidence on behalf of the pilot of the Jetstar plane, told the inquiry that a report given to him of the incident told how the pilot and first officer were convinced they would crash.
Richard Woodward, the A380 captain representing the Australian International Airline Pilots’ Association, said it was strange the Australian Transport Safety Bureau had closed an inquiry given that the incident was so serious.
"he (the pilot) was quite concerned and thought that they were going to die because of the severe weather event. it (the plane) actually stopped climbing for quite some period of time," Capt Woodward said.
"The storm was directly overhead and they (the pilots) couldn’t have seen it," he said.
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