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d) the pilot and the President allegedly disregarded control tower suggestions to divert the plane to Minsk?

This type of reason alone (if confirmed by CVR) has caused more aircraft accidents than all technical issues put together, especially when combined with a) and b).

Air safety is serious business. When professionals familiar with the area advise pilots to divert, disregarding their advice is a really bad idea.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Apr 10th, 2010 at 11:12:24 AM EST
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