April 12, 2010
Did The Boss Get His Own Way Once Too Often?

From the New York Times:

Officials have recovered the flight voice recorder, but on Sunday they did not release transcripts of conversations in the cockpit or the control tower. Still, attention has been drawn to the pilot’s state of mind because of a previous incident involving the Polish president, Lech Kaczynski, who died along with numerous other senior Polish government and military officials in the crash.

In August 2008, during Russia’s brief war with Georgia, Mr. Kaczynski got into a dispute with a pilot flying his plane to the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, according to reports at the time. Mr. Kaczynski demanded that the pilot land despite dangerous conditions, but the pilot disagreed and diverted to neighboring Azerbaijan.

Mr. Kaczynski threatened that there would be consequences for the pilot, the Polish newspaper Dziennik reported. “If someone decides to become a pilot, he cannot be fearful,” Mr. Kaczynski said. “After returning to the country, we shall deal with this matter.”


Posted by Jerome Doolittle at April 12, 2010 01:09 PM
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We certainly have our share of politicians who also seem to think they know it all. Egomaniacs know no national boundaries. Just talk to a Republican to find one.

Posted by: Buck on April 13, 2010 4:54 AM

This time it was a military pilot and Kachinsky was his commander-in-chief, so I guess he just obeyed even the most stupid order, like soldiers tend to do.

It's strange how Kachinsky, a dyed-in-the-wool anti-European, suddenly has become the favorite politician of all European heads of state. Maybe because he's out of the way at last.

My first thought was: for once it hit the right man. Unfortunately it also hit a lot of innocent people beside him.

Posted by: Peter on April 13, 2010 5:13 AM
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