This isn’t funny, really, but it sure is damned stupid:
Two pilots, in a jovial mood as they flew an empty commuter jet in October, wanted to ”have a little fun” by taking the plane to an unusually high altitude, only to realize as the engines failed that they were not going to make it, according to transcripts released yesterday.
The plane, which the two were ferrying from Little Rock, Ark., to Minneapolis, crashed, and both Captain Jesse Rhodes and First Officer Peter Cesarz died.
The cockpit voice recording, released by the National Transportation Safety Board at the start of a three-day hearing into the Oct. 14, 2004, accident, revealed how the pilots joked and decided to ”have a little fun” and fly to 41,000 feet — the maximum altitude for their 50-seat plane. Most commuter jets fly at lower altitudes.
(via After School Snack)