US regional Colgan Air has begun offering pilots stick pusher simulator training for Bombardier Q400 aircraft following the fatal crash of a Colgan Q400 on 12 February.
The crew's reaction to stick shaker stall warning has been a focus of the crash investigation after the aircraft stalled and went out of control during an instrument landing system approach to Buffalo Niagara International airport and crashed into a house about 9km (5nm) from the airport at 22.17, killing all 49 on board and one person on the ground.
Stick pusher training was only discussed for Q400s during ground school prior to the crash, Colgan Q400 simulator instructor Paul Pryor said during a US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) hearing today in Washington DC. The Colgan captain involved in the crash was given stick pusher training for Saab 340 aircraft, however.
Pryor says a FAA-approved syllabus had been used for Colgan's new training procedure.