NTSB slams FAA over deadly helicopter tour crash

Friday, May 13, 2022 0

The US National Transportation Safety Board blamed the Federal Aviation Administration for being at fault over a fatal helicopter crash in Hawaii.

The FAA failed to implement numerous NTSB recommendations over a ten-year period that could have prevented the accident in 2019.

An Airbus AS350 B2 helicopter crashed, killing all on board.

The pilot ‘flew into a mountainous region shrouded in low clouds and fog and wasn’t able to exit the area of limited visibility.’

It could have been prevented by implementing the recommended ‘organisation-wide safety management system.’

“The NTSB previously made 11 recommendations to the FAA to prevent accidents like this one, but our recommendations only work when they are implemented. It’s time for the FAA to act,” NTSB chair Jennifer Homendy said.

“The NTSB in 2007 recommended the FAA develop specialized inflight weather training for air tour operators in Hawaii.”

“We have rule-making underway to make these systems a requirement,” the FAA said.

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