Lewis University prepares flight students for worst-case scenarios

The horrific plane crash in San Francisco that killed two passengers and injured more than 180 others is raising questions about what unfolds in cockpits when flights are in serious trouble.

Lewis University in Romeoville is preparing flight students for worst-case scenarios.

Instructors say commercial pilots who fly sophisticated planes are well trained to respond quickly to problems. But, they say the principles of landing a single-engine plane or a “777” are still the same.

“There’s extensive crew resource management training at airlines where you learn how to work with everybody that’s in the cockpit, and use all the resources available to you to make the best decision,” said Megan Zahos, Assistant Chief Pilot.

Instructors say it’s crucial planes maintain speed to keep its “lift,” and there would be an alarm if a plane “stalled.”

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