Plane and Sightseeing Helicopter Collide Into Hudson: 9 Dead

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Plane and Sightseeing Helicopter Collide Into Hudson: 9 Dead

Post by Jacob Mobley » 09 Aug 2009, 00:11

After flight 1549 ditches and all people survive, this. My prayers are with their loved ones :(.

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Post by caps1237 » 09 Aug 2009, 18:09

Two of the people in that crash were one of my girlfriend's best friend's family friends. Kind of weird to see an article about something you heard from word of mouth.
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Post by FJ flyer » 10 Aug 2009, 05:39

Very sad accident. The helicopter pilot was a New Zealander so it's reasonably big news over here.
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Post by Northwestdc9 » 11 Aug 2009, 23:48

Yes, all very sad. My hope is that it will be more pressure to redesign the dangerous and overcrowded airspace surrounding NYC.
caps1237 wrote:my girlfriend's best friend's family friends.
Now that is one heck of a string of relationships!
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Re: Plane and Sightseeing Helicopter Collide Into Hudson: 9 Dead

Post by Jacob Mobley » 15 Aug 2009, 01:12

NTSB now reports that the controller failed to warn the Piper about the helicopter because he was on his cellphone. Goes along with the saying, when the pilot screws up the pilot dies. When ATC screws up, the pilot dies.

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Post by RatherBFlyin » 15 Aug 2009, 03:05

The FAA has indicated that neither the controller nor the supervisor that have been suspended had any direct bearing on the collision.

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Post by FJ flyer » 15 Aug 2009, 10:11

RatherBFlyin wrote:The FAA has indicated that neither the controller nor the supervisor that have been suspended had any direct bearing on the collision.
Don't they say that every time? :roll:
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Post by RatherBFlyin » 15 Aug 2009, 14:46

Not really. They are usually quite happy to throw the book, so to speak, at a controller who messes up and causes an incident or accident. In this case though, the controller in question was no longer directly responsible for the aircraft, and was in fact going beyond his normal duties by trying to contact the aircraft again after telling the pilot to contact another controller. The supervisor wasn't even present at the time. Yes, the controller could have advised the pilot of conflicts prior to the hand off, but in that corridor conflicts are pretty much a given (I honestly don't know why anyone would voluntarily fly in that corridor). The supervisor may have noticed something the controller missed, but then again he may not have. The controller and supervisor are being disciplined because their actions were highly unprofessional, not because they had anything to do with the collision.

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