Friday, February 02, 2007

Prepare for the Storm

According to an e-mail from the NTSB that was in the IFR Pilot's In Box yesterday afternoon, the Board plans on Monday at 11:00 a.m. to release "a series of factual reports" on the Cory Lidle accident from last fall. Y'all remember that one, right? The flightseeing tour that went awry.

No doubt Monday afternoon and evening, we'll be pelted with the opinions of the various aviation safety "experts," who will devour the data and posit on what happened, what went wrong, how this could have been avoided, etc.

The Board's e-mail cautions, however, that the released material will contain any analysis from the Board's professional staff:
The information being released is factual in nature and does not provide any analysis. It will include investigative group factual reports, interview transcripts, and other documents from the investigation. Additional material will be added to the docket as it becomes available. Analysis of the accident, along with conclusions and a determination of probable cause, will come at a later date when the final report on the investigation is completed.
So, be prepared for the media storm on Monday.


Shawn said...

Isn't it amazing how everybody is an aviation expert when something happens? I thought they solved that crash back when it happened! (sic) Whether it gets a lot of attention in the media depends on what other "newsworthy" events are happening when it is released. Listening to these people make this stuff up always gets me fired up!

Not sure if you posted on the recent news of the flight restriction on the East River corridor. As a result of the Lidle crash, the NTSB seems to be recommending a permanent flight restriction on the East River Corridor. I'm sure the FAA will agree. There must be pressure from New York City officials to do this.

As pilots, we all need to begin to be more cogniscent of our responsibility to the general aviation community as a whole. Flights over the no-fly zone in D.C., the Lidle accident, and many others are really avoidable if better decisions are made. When we're flying and only considering our own immediate circumstance, we neglect the affect of our actions on the overall community.

Commercial pilots are trained to consider more than themselves when flying. The passengers and general operations and safety of others in the air become a focus point. I'm sure there was some influence of "gotta get back" or "don't want to go that way" that was involved in the Lidle accident. They made a bad choice to make the turn where they did. As a result there was more impact than just their own safety.

Shawn Blair
Aircraft Ownership - An Aviation Adventure

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