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Not being a fan of Kaczynski, I'd suggest it takes a rare kind of pig-headedness to order four landing attempts at a runway without landing aids in thick fog.

Professional pilots don't get to be professional pilots without having at least some clue, and four attempts is truly exceptional. Common sense suggests that if you can't land by the third attempt, it's really a very good idea to think about a Plan B, and it's actually FAA policy to suggest diversion after two go-arounds.

Just to be clear, we're talking about attempting instrument landings in thick fog with zero effective visibility while carrying some of Poland's most important politicians.

If the reports are accurate, that really was incredibly reckless and downright stupid.

And without wanting to make light of this in any way, it's more than a little ironic that it's one of the few times in recent European history that the left wing of anything has had this much political influence.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Apr 10th, 2010 at 12:53:51 PM EST
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