Air Errors

The night before the accident in Buffalo, Co-Pilot Shaw commuted overnight from Seattle to Memphis — where she rested in a crew lounge on a couch with her name on it — before flying to Newark to work.

She made $16,254 a year — so low that she was living with her parents in Seattle and commuting across the country. Colgan Air says, “It is their responsibility to commute in and be fit for duty.”

Wishing not to interfere in business, the FAA has a backlog of several safety rules that it had failed to put in force since the year 2000.