A Pilot’s Perspective

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Melissa Crabtree/CBS42

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JASPER, Ala. (WIAT) – The pilots who died had some of the most sought after jobs, in the field.

They trained and worked with equipment considered to be among the best in the world

Joey Sanders of Jasper is a fellow cargo pilot with decades of experience. He says industry standards are for demanding for pilots.

Sanders has worked  for Fed-Ex the last 26 years.

Sanders, “It’s an absolute tragedy somewhere in the United States there’s family that’s lost their loved ones and that to me it doesn’t matter if you’re a passenger or a pilot it’s just as bad.”

Sanders also owns Sanders Aviation  at the Walker County Airport.

Sanders says UPS and Fed-Ex are the highest paying jobs in the industry and therefore attract the best pilots in the field.

“it’s top of the line jobs and they’re equipment is just as good if not better in some cases and you know when you look at companies like UPS their main objective is number one is safety that is it period it doesn’t matter if it’s boxes or people.”

Sanders refuses to speculate what led to the fatal crash, he says it’s critical to wait on the findings from the NTSB and FAA.

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