Tuesday, October 7, 2008

McCain Mishaps

I wrote extensively last month about John McCain's less than stellar flying record in the Navy which included 2 non-combat related crashes and one near crash. The L.A. Times delves a bit deeper into a couple these mishaps and fills in some of the blanks as to the causes.

In 1960 he crashed into Corpus Christi Bay claiming his engine quit.
But an investigation board at the Naval Aviation Safety Center found no evidence of engine failure.

The 23-year-old junior lieutenant wasn't paying attention and erred in using "a power setting too low to maintain level flight in a turn," investigators concluded.

In 1961 McCain's plane hit power lines in Spain causing a blackout.
In his most serious lapse, McCain was "clowning" around in a Skyraider over southern Spain about December 1961 and flew into electrical wires, causing a blackout, according to McCain's own account as well as those of naval officers and enlistees aboard the carrier Intrepid.

Nowadays the Navy wouldn't allow someone with his questionable judgment to fly a multi-million dollar aircraft so I guess it's only fitting that he could be running the country come January.

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