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More than Pilot Error Caused the Jan 22, 2014 Airbus/Eurocopter EC130B4 Helicopter Crash

More than Pilot Error Caused the Jan 22, 2014 Airbus/Eurocopter EC130B4 Helicopter Crash

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I see more than pilot error here. The main rotor turns in the opposite direction in French helos (when compared to US helos). One effect is that pedal inputs (for tail rotor anti-torque) are also opposite. In a difficult situation, pilots revert to muscle memory. Here, proper control inputs for a US helo would exacerbate loss of control in this French helo. Opposite/incorrect pedal input is a recurring problem and has been a casual factor in multiple helicopter crashes.Read the article
Aviation Accidents: Who’s At Fault?

Aviation Accidents: Who’s At Fault?

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AVIATION SAFETY & ACCIDENTS Aviation accidents are tragic, and while they occur with less frequency than do accidents involving cars and trucks, the results of an aviation accident can be catastrophic. In many cases, aviation accidents are completely preventable and occur as a result of general aviation safety breaches, ranging from acts of human error…Read the article
UPDATE: Robinson Helicopter Crash That Killed 2 Not Manufacturer’s First

UPDATE: Robinson Helicopter Crash That Killed 2 Not Manufacturer’s First

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San Pedro Helicopter Crash Not the Manufacturer’s First A preliminary report for the January 4th Robinson R22 helicopter crash released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) states that a part of the main rotor blade was not recovered but that the point where it broke off was jagged and angular. Robinson Helicopter Company released…Read the article
Investigators should not jump to conclusions on Kyrgyzstan Boeing 747 Cargo Plane Crash

Investigators should not jump to conclusions on Kyrgyzstan Boeing 747 Cargo Plane Crash

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Early reports indicate that 37 people died in the crash of a cargo plane in Kyrgyzstan, citing health ministry officials.Read the article
Robinson Helicopter Manufacturers Participating in Investigation of San Pedro Helicopter Crash

Robinson Helicopter Manufacturers Participating in Investigation of San Pedro Helicopter Crash

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Robinson Helicopters Company and Lycoming Engines are Participating in the NTSB Investigation of the fateful Sunset Helicopter Crash that took the life of LA Photographer Michael Justice and Pilot Christopher Reed The following is by Napoli Shkolnik PLLC Aviation Attorney and Lieutenant Colonel (select), US Marines Reserve, F. Phillip Peche, Air, Land, Sea & Space Trial Lawyer (Contact)…Read the article
McKinney Crash Update: “Experts” should not jump to the conclusion that pilot inattention is cause

McKinney Crash Update: “Experts” should not jump to the conclusion that pilot inattention is cause

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In response to “Midair collisions like McKinney crash are rare but often caused by pilot inattention, experts say,” (Source Article)Pilot inattention is one of MANY possible causal factors in a midair collision. Out of respect for fellow brothers-in-arms Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Barber, US Air Force (retired) and his son Cadet Tim Barber, US Air Force Reserve (Air Force Academy), and experienced pilot Robert Navar, Napoli Shkolnik aviation attorneys will not engage in speculative discussions about the possible root causes that took the lives of these three souls on December 31, 2016.Read the article
Another Tragic Family Plane Crash: What Happened?

Another Tragic Family Plane Crash: What Happened?

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The following is by Napoli Shkolnik PLLC Aviation Attorney F. Phillip Peche (Contact) Father and real estate attorney Eric Falbe had his wife Carrie Fable and two daughters Victoria and Sklar aboard. According to family members, the family was on an annual holiday trip they take to Colorado. The plane crashed in Payson, Arizona shortly…Read the article
Sunset Helicopter Charter Flight Turns Fatal

Sunset Helicopter Charter Flight Turns Fatal

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“Officials said crews located the wreckage just inside the break wall Thursday morning. The helicopter was attempting to take photographs of a cruise ship when it reportedly crashed in the ocean. Eyewitness News (Image Source) learned that an R-22 Beta helicopter left the Torrance Airport around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The helicopter belongs to JJ Helicopters,…Read the article
MidAir Collision in Texas Leaves Three People Dead, Including Cadet

MidAir Collision in Texas Leaves Three People Dead, Including Cadet

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On Monday, January 2, 2017, two planes collided in a crash near the Aero Country Airport, which is a private airport located near McKinney National Airport. Following the crash, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado released a statement saying that one of the three people killed in the crash was Cadet 4th Class Timothy…Read the article
The Blame Game In A Plane Crash: Prominent Businessman, His Family, Friends Still Missing

The Blame Game In A Plane Crash: Prominent Businessman, His Family, Friends Still Missing

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IMPORTANT UPDATE:  Since this Cessna Citation CJ4 went missing late Thursday night December 29, 2016, there has been a lot of arm-chair piloting/quarterbacking commentary posted online. Napoli Shkolnik aviation attorneys will not engage in this type of discussion. What is clear at this point is that John T. Fleming was both a successful businessman AND…Read the article

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