While that was my reaction at first, the CVR and other recordings (phone calls to the company, etc.) seemed to show that the captain actually made a more than adequate effort to get those passengers off the plane.or make the capt pay it for not doing something
XJT aircraft do not have airstairs or a slide.Do the expressjet aircraft have airstairs or the jetway doors? If they don't have airstairs (and those rj's don't have slides, mind you) then the crew NEEDS help from the ground. Period. At what point do you start risking broken ankles, CAPTAINS?
Bad situation with an undesireable outcome, no doubt, but lets not monday morning quarterback this crew.
Hopefully, the above quote will be the result, preventing dispatch from using paper alternates without viable support resulting in increased fuel loads to reach station alternates.One unfortunate result of this incident is you maybe on your own if you offline divert. What had been basically a gentleman's agreement to help each other will be to risky if it could end up with a 75000$ fine.