Two pilots snickered and joked in the final minutes before losing control of a passenger less jet last fall in a crash that is the focus of a three-day government hearing on training and safety involving popular regional jets.
Capt. Jesse Rhodes, 31, and First Officer Peter Cesarz, 23, committed several violations of &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/accidents/2001/10/04/17124.html ' target=_blank>airline rules during their flight in October from Little Rock to Minneapolis, according to a cockpit recording released Monday.
The two men died after taking the jet to its highest possible altitude, losing control and crashing when the engines apparently locked up and wouldn't restart.
The Pinnacle Airlines jet slammed into a house 2Ѕ miles short of an airport in Jefferson, Mo. The pilots' gleeful moods turned suddenly dire as repeated efforts to restart their engines failed and it became clear they couldn't reach an airport, according to the cockpit recording, reports USA Today.