Colgan Air co-pilot felt sick on day of flight, transcripts show

07/28/2009 | · Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

The NTSB on Monday released extended transcripts of cockpit recordings from the Colgan Air commuter flight that crashed near Buffalo, N.Y., in February. First Officer Rebecca Shaw said she thought about calling in sick, but didn't want to foot the bill for a hotel room after commuting to Newark from her home in Seattle. FAA regulations prohibit pilots from flying while sick, and a Colgan Air spokesman said it is the pilots' responsibility to abide by the rule. "Every Colgan Air pilot has an absolute obligation as a professional to show up for work fit for duty," he said. "As is common in the airline industry, we have reserve pilots available in case they are not."

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