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Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:16 am
When I worked for Carpedia, the consulting firm, we did a number of projects for this company, partly because of it poor safety record. I wonder if they have slipped again. Doen't bode well for this company or our industry.https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/pilot ... spartandhp
Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:23 pm
Very sad to hear of the crash. Not good. Poor pilot. Poor mechanics. Poor management company.
Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:05 pm
Two tourists, a journalist and two helicopter employees died in a Sunday night helicopter crash in the East River. Dallas firefighter Brian McDaniel, video journalist Trevor Cadigan, tourist Carla Vallejos Blanco, and helicopter employees Tristan Hill and Daniel Thompson were identified by officials as those who died. The sole survivor and pilot, Richard Vance, told investigators that it may have been caused by a piece of luggage. Vance said a passenger’s bag “may have inadvertently hit the emergency fuel shutoff button,” an official told CNN. The Federal Aviation Administration said a team of 14 National Transportation Safety Board officials would be investigating the cause of the crash...
If the pilot's story pans out, it's just a freak accident. Sometimes the best practices can't prevent something going wrong. We'll see.
Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:23 pm
I also read that story and the possibility. They used to have some lax procedures and putting luggage anywhere near a fuel cut off would be one that shouldn't be.
Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:13 am
AVwebs Paul Bertorelli has picked this up for one of his very soberly written blogs, causing some great analysis by some very smart peeps.
Unfortunately, killing filthy rich people who had their beautiful superstar lives ahead of them and just wanted some cool images for their damn Instagram profile isn't exactly good advertising for this industry.
So, all the logical analysis goes to the dog's, because that's not what Cuppa Joe Public likes to read about. https://www.avweb.com/blogs/insider/Eas ... 437-1.html
Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:55 am
Sight Seeing is one of the draws of the non-aviation crowd, to aviation, so I think it should be supported, but also should be as safe as possible.
Helicopter Tours on the Grand Canyon have had disastrous results as have some seaplane tour operations, but people still are willing to spend money and risk it in order to see the world from another perspective. I built time doing (Sky Rides) around the Alpine Tower, the birth place of FM, down the Hudson River, over the George Washington Bridge, around the Statue of Liberty than over the middle of Neward Airport at 1,300' and back to Morristown.
Yes, some people have more money than others, but then I am happy to take it when offered. Would it be less offensive for the industry if the dead had been poor people that scraped up enough to do something that might be on their bucket list. I have no problem with people that make tons of money as long as in doing so it was done legally and did not hurt me.
Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:29 am
0h, not to be taken in offense, but generally filthy rich people have the needed dime to hire expensive attorneys and make sure that the family of the departed get reimbursed properly.
We will never get away from high visibility accidents, but none of it gets any less or more sad based on the net worth of those who died.
Tortlaw needs REFORMING, but that will spell disaster for a lot of ambulance chasers and those who secure their future through the mistakes or incidents of others.
Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:35 am
I totally agree that the U.S. needs Tort reform, but disagree that it is the rich that have the where with all to hire an attorney and sue, as the attorneys in this country are lined up to take on cases like this on contingency fees. Even the poorest have Equal Suing Rights here. In my experience, those who do not have much are usually the most enthusiastic to try to get in on the cash, the quickest. The ultra rich don't do it for the money, but for the fun of it.
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