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Author: XHEMS (HAA)   Date: 2/2/2019 9:27:34 PM  +5/-1   Show Orig. Msg (this window) Or  In New Window

I once turned a flight for WX.  We were a mountainous area base.  It was night, the WX at our location was iffy at best but fine at the receiving hospital.  The real problem was not knowing what WX was like between us and there, about a 1.3 hr flight.  I did mention it was night, right?  BTW, we did have NVGs, but that really doesn't matter and could have actually been a false sense of security.  A few minutes after declining the flight the ER doc calls, tells me he is a "airplane" pilot and thinks the WX is OK; then demands we take the flight.  I told him the issue wasn't WX here or there, but what was in between, and we had no way of knowing.  Again, I did mention it was night in the mountains, right?  Well, that isn't good enough and he demands I go to the ER and see him.  I said I'd be happy to if that would please him, but it wasn't going to change our decision.  He got irrate and started yelling at me over the phone.  He again said he was an "airplane" pilot (I found out later SEL PP, so BFD!) and again "demand"(ed) (his word) I take the flight.  I'd finally had enough, I said "I'll tell you what doc, your a "pilot," I'll start the thing and you can fly it!"  He hung up. 15 minutes later I got a call from the Area Mgr who was also "irrate" and never listened to my side of the story.  I ended up getting written up for being rude to the doc.  I didn't really care because I did the right thing and the AM was a tool.  Such is life..... 

Who do we blame for that one?

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