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Re: “National Guard Pilot Crashed Plane, Left Local Police in the Dark

I offer sincere gratitude for first responders’ prompt and professional response. In that spirit, I respectfully present a diverse view, based on the same article.

According to the article... 'Federal regulations require a pilot involved in an accident to “immediately, and by the most expeditious means available, notify the nearest National Transportation Safety Board office.” The NTSB had a preliminary crash report on its website Thursday, but a spokesman could not say when the agency was notified.'

The article also states "“They [pilots] did make several calls. I don’t know to whom and the nature of the calls but they made several calls,” Fisher said."

Perhaps the pilot failed to notify NTSB… or maybe the "calls" could have been the required NTSB notifications. According to the article, that would satisfy the pilot's legal obligations. It is possible that NTSB doesn’t share data with local law enforcement. Again, the first responders performed heroically, given the situation.

It would be easy for me to criticize someone who arguably did their best to handle an emergency--self-induced or not. Given that same situation, I might not have done as well. I recently saw the movie "Sully" depicting the pilot’s split second reactions during an airplane crash in which everyone walks away. Regardless of your political leanings, it is important to recognize that this crash resulted in no injuries and no measurable damage to property, other than the aircraft itself. That’s worth something.

Several local families are lucky and relieved to have their loved ones back safely home—pilots and first responders. I will choose to wait for the FAA to finish their investigation and try to learn lessons for future application. I will keep loved ones out of the discussion. I offer these thoughts in the spirit of intellectual diversity.

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Posted by Milo on 09/29/2016 at 10:18 PM

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