I will read it. The U.S. did some remarkable things in the Pacific. Midway is still one of my favourite movies.
That may or may not be entirely correct, unless mandated by law, the third pilot probably won't be qualified. When 2 flight crew member aircraft were originally certified for flights of 14 hours or longer they needed to be supplemented with a cruise relief augmentation pilot, which formed a rather demeaning acronym. To save money, airlines don't train these folks to the same criteria, so they are not type endorsed, do not take off, land, or fly the aircraft below 10,000 feet.
The jet was a Boeing 777, a wide-body jet popular for international flights.Taking over the controls would be routine for the two copilots, said John Cox, a former airline pilot who is now an aviation safety consultant.
"There's two fully qualified first officers.
They've landed the plane hundreds of times before," Cox said. "Either one of them is qualified to command the airplane.
"It's an absolute tragedy for the family of the poor pilot," who died. "What the passengers are going to experience is just a routine landing."
Flight landed safely, by the way.
In the book Outliers, it is pointed out that more accidents occur when the Capt is flying, because he outranks the FO, and the FO is less likely to question his judgement.
When the FO is flying, if he makes an error, it is more likely that the Capt will point out the mistake, and correct it right away.
I was just curious what the statistic was based on, because if the captain logs more hours and lands more flights, then it stands to reason they will have more accidents than their first officers will.