"Texting" while Taxiing

densoo

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Only one pilot can steer plane on ground.

How many captains work the FMC, radios, nav, etc, while taxiing the plane?

LOS ANGELES - A Metrolink engineer sent a cell phone text message 22 seconds before his commuter train crashed head-on into a freight train last month, killing 25 people, federal investigators said Wednesday.

Cell phone records of engineer Robert Sanchez, who was among the dead, show he sent a message after receiving one about a minute and 20 seconds before the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a press release.

Investigators are looking into why Sanchez ran through a red signal and collided with a Union Pacific train Sept. 12 in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. It was the nation's deadliest rail crash since 1993.

Sanchez sent his last text message at 4:22:O1 p.m. According to the freight train's onboard recorder, the accident occurred at 4:22:23 p.m.

Records obtained from Sanchez's cell phone provider also showed that he sent 24 text messages and received 21 messages over a two-hour period during his morning shift. During his afternoon shift, he received seven and sent five messages.

NTSB investigators were continuing to correlate times from Sanchez's cell phone, the train recorders and data from the railroad signal system.

"I am pleased with the progress of this major investigation to date," acting NTSB Chairman Mark V. Rosenker said in a statement. "We are continuing to pursue many avenues of inquiry to find what caused this accident and what can be done to prevent such a tragedy in the future."
Texting with teens?
NTSB spokesman Terry Williams declined to release information about who was exchanging text messages with Sanchez.

In the days after the crash, several teenage train enthusiasts told a reporter Sanchez sent them a text message just before the collision. Federal investigators spurred by the media reports interviewed two 14-year-old boys, who they said cooperated in the investigation and provided their cell phone data.

The collision, which also injured more than 130 people, occurred on a horseshoe-shaped section of track in the community of Chatsworth. Investigators say the two trains were in sight of each other only for a few seconds before the crash. The freight engineer was able to apply brakes but brakes were never applied on the Metrolink train.
How many pilots have sent texts while taxiing?
 
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Abernathy

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Less than the number that stick the cell phone between their ear and the headset.
 

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Why are we discussing this...does this really happen?

I thought getting rid of ipod headphones in the terminal while on duty was about the extreme end of stupid things.
 
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Text sex while taxiing gets me pumped for the flight!!
 

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How many PAN AM pilots does it take to change a light bulb?

4, one to change the light bulb and 3 to reminisce about how good the old light bulb was.
 

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^^^^ THAT was funny :)

Why are we discussing this...does this really happen?

I thought getting rid of ipod headphones in the terminal while on duty was about the extreme end of stupid things.
Yes! It does happen! I've had to ask a captain to put away his cell phone AS we were taxiing on the rwy!!! (I'd had enough)
 

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How many pilots have sent texts while taxiing?
Hopefully you dont mean ACARS messages, for I would only send a flight still on the ground a pertinent ACARS - I mean sports scores are pertinent right?
 

WMUSIGPI

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Depends... Am I trying to get Red Wings playoff scores? Or am I just trying to get destination weather?
 

WSurf

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Maybe the Train Dude wasn't Amphibious!

I mean there's not many people that are Amphibious you know.
 

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I hate it when a good sexting session is going on while taxing and taking off and I have to turn off the phone on the runway and wait several hours to fiinsh it.
 

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How many PAN AM pilots does it take to change a light bulb?

4, one to change the light bulb and 3 to reminisce about how good the old light bulb was.

Half of them to smile at you and not say a thing when you ask them how much they received from ALPA National!

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