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Wreck examined; fog possible cause

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You can't believe everything you hear, in know way could fog be a cause for an airplane crashing, pilots are trained to fly through fog during an instrument approach. If this pilot stopped his instrument scan and crashed don't blame the fog for the pilots incompetentcy.

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You can't believe everything you hear, in no way could fog be a cause for an airplane crashing, pilots are trained to fly through fog during an instrument approach. If this pilot stopped his instrument scan and crashed don't blame the fog for the pilots mistake.

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What the article said was that fog was a 'factor' in the accident. What will probably come of the NTSB report is that the 'probable cause' of the accident would be the pilots' inability to fly the airplane in IMC conditions. The contributing factor would be the weather (low CIG's due to fog maybe?).Another way to think about the probable cause/factor situation is this: a large aircraft aborts the takeoff due to an engine malfunction (flameout lets say). In the abort, the left side brakes fail to engage due to a mechanical malfunction and the aircraft veers off the runway.What is the probable cause? The engine flameout? If the engine would not of flamed out, the aircraft would've taken off safely. How about the brakes? Sure. Now what about them? Mechanic at fault, manufacturer, etc. etc. Can you see how confusing and fine a line a probable cause can be from a 'factor'?skyy

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"If this pilot stopped his instrument scan and crashed don't blame the fog for the pilots incompetentcy."This kind of statement really upsets me. Flippant judgments like this don't serve anyone; especially considering this individuals training and experience. In the interest of safety it's really important to learn how this accident evolved. No doubt, we are all vulnerable to the factors that lead to it.DannyCYVR

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