Mon, Nov 07, 2011
Denies Withholding Information From NTSB In Continental Flight
Pinnacle Airlines Corp, the parent company of Colgan Air which
operated Continental Flight 3407, has sent a letter to three
members of Congress in which it strongly denies withholding
information from the NTSB in an investigation stemming from the
crash of that flight in 2009.
The captain of that flight, Marvin Renslow, had been the subject
of several e-mails six months before the accident. But Pinnacle
says it did not try to hide additional training Renslow had
undergone. Pinnacle Vice President and COO John Spanjers wrote to
the members of Congress that "his full training record was part of
the NTSB evidence." The airline says he was "fully qualified" to
fly the Dash-8 Q400 aircraft.
The PBS series Frontline reports on its
website that e-mails from the company that
could been interpreted as contradicting that assertion were not
handed over to the NTSB as part of the investigation, but Pinnacle
says all of the information in the e-mails was disclosed.
Some members of the New York Congressional delegation are asking
the Justice Department to look into the matter. In a letter sent
last weekend, they said they want to know if there was an
intentional withholding of information, and if any federal laws
were violated as a result.
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