Lori Mackelson
is the pilot of the plane that crashed in Crash and Burn. Accused of pilot error resulting in the crash, Olivia Pope tries to defend her reputation and to find out what actually happened. The woman's husband assures the team that his wife was an expert pilot who didn't panic. He also reveals that Lori was an alcoholic who had been sober for 20 years, which is bad news since the entire crew was out partying the night before, but a flight attendant confirms that Lori Mackelson was NOT drinking the night before the crash. Lori's reputation is later saved when they find out that the last inspection report before the plane crashed was a duplicate, and the mechanic's real report stated that there was something wrong with the rudder.