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

Everybody here is jumping off the deep end thinking there was a legal responsibility for the pilot to call the police. There was NOT. He had to notify the NTSB, which it seems he did. He notified the FAA by calling the air traffic controller, which he didn't technically need to do. The FAA controller notified the police. The police, well intentioned to be sure, responded in full force to a non-event. I would have hoped that the FAA air traffic controller at BTV, who would have been well aware that there were no injuries, would have helped the police size the response, or call off the response, appropriately.

Think of an analogy; You are out riding a 4WD jeep off-road and you swerve and hit a tree, totalling your jeep but you are uninjured. You're not on the road, you're on private land. You didn't break any law. You're happy to be unhurt. The police get wind "there's been a crash" and show up in full force. Is that your fault? You didn't need them, didn't ask for them, and didn't have any responsibility to call them. Now everyone is on your case, thinking you should pay for it all. Non-pilots don't understand that an airplane like this is essentially a type of off-road ATV.

Once again, a failure to communicate effectively to be sure. But stop casting unwarranted aspersions at a pilot who contacted who he was supposed to.

And the airplane was recovered. It's on an island! What did you expect him to do immediately after... call AAA for a tow truck?

12 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Redtop on 09/24/2016 at 9:26 AM

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