Why should the pilot fly a defective aircraft?
It is against common sense: 'Why should a pilot fly a defective aircraft and risk his and passengers' lives?'.
Both in the military as well as civil aviation, pilots are forced to fly defective aircraft. Many times pilots force the engineers and technicians to certify a defective aircraft as OK i.e. airworthy.
In Air Force/civil aviation, pilots do not like those engineers/technicians who say 'this aircraft is not OK. It cannot fly'. Pilots always want to hear,"Yes sir, everything is bang-on".
I say this from my experience/interaction over 3 decades of my life.
Many pilots are ambitious and want to clock as many flying hours as possible. They don't mind taking the risk. They just love flying and want to fly the aircraft at all costs. Very enthusiastic!
Many pilots are 'yes-men'. They want to please their bosses/management/ministers. Recently I met a Chief Pilot of Punjab Govt. He had the guts to tell the GOI Minister who was to fly," Sir, we cannot fly. The weather is bad". The arrogant minister did not like this and tried to bully the pilot. However this pilot had the moral courage and he did not obey the unlawful command of the foolish Minister. But not all the pilots display such moral courage.
Many engineers/technicians (human beings) are 'yes-men'. They don't want to earn the wrath of the pilot/boss/commanding officer by saying that so and so aircraft is defective.
Many times the commanding officer wants to impress the higher-ups that 100% aircraft are 'serviceable'. So pilots are told not to put the defects in writing.
I share here a story of young Air Force Pilot. He was a MiG pilot.
A dynamic youngster who was fond of Gym. I used to meet him at the Air Force Gym.
One day I heard the tragic news that he died in a crash at Pokhran Range while dropping the bomb. His aircraft just could not pull-up after the dive and the aircraft went into the ground.
The crashed aircraft had an old recurring autopilot/pitching defect which was not entered in the Form 700. Had the defect been written in the authorised form, the aircraft could not have been offered for flying and must have gone to the workshop for repairs. But the commanding officer/Flight Commander had instructed pilots not to put down the defect.
Had the pilots shown the moral courage of not flying the defective aircraft, such a tragedy could have been averted.
My dear friends, we Indians are experts in manipulation and we lack moral courage to say 'No' especially when the 'No' makes sense and can save the precious lives.
Similar things are happening in civil aviation. Recently 5 people died in an air crash at Mumbai.
One of the flying crew had told her father that she was going to fly a sick aircraft. The readers can refer to the links given below:-
The manipulation is done even with students at the University level.
Recently I checked the practical file of the subject 'Aerodynamics Lab' of the students.
The students told me that only one experiment had been done. However the file showed 6-8 experiments having been done.
Why did the teacher not take up the issue that none of the experiment/equipment was working? The teacher was more worried about his survival/bread and butter than the truth.The teacher should have shown greater moral courage and not resorted to manipulation.
Most of the students have been given very good grades in the 'Aerodynamics Lab'. Inside their heart the students know that they know hardly anything about the subject.
So what kind of engineers these students can be expected to become? Will they be competent?Students pay hefty fees to the University and expect good learning/teaching. But what do they get? Is it not manipulation by the concerned teachers/authorities when they fudge the records or when they give more marks after having taught the subject badly or not having taught it at all?
The entire system seems to be full of manipulation. The honest/sincere/straight-forward people find it difficult to survive. The manipulators flourish and never get caught even when they cause air crashes.
Thanks to the selfish and the manipulators, many innocent people get killed in air crashes.