Wednesday, June 12, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Ed Case: Why Was VFR Helicopter Pilot Flying in Fog?
By Ed Case @ 5:56 PM :: 3623 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Tourism

CASE STATEMENT ON PRELIMINARY REPORT ON LAST MONTH’S FATAL TOUR HELICOPTER CRASH ON KAUA’I

News Release from Office of Congressman Ed Case, January 15, 2020

(Honolulu, HI) - Congressman Ed Case (HI-01) today issued the following statement on the National Transportation Safety Board’s Aviation Accident Preliminary Report issued today on the December 26, 2019, Airbus AS350 B2 tour helicopter crash on Kaua’i that claimed the lives of all 7 onboard:

“The rapidly mounting loss of life and ground risks from Hawai’i air tour helicopter/small aircraft crashes, most immediately 21 killed in three accidents in 2019 alone, should be tragedy enough and spark unanimous concern for the basic safety of these operations.

“The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) preliminary report and related information on the December 26th Kaua’i crash should only add to these concerns.

“A pilot flying his eighth 50-minute tour in one day. Without instrument certification and flying in a rough and variable terrain, rapidly changing weather environment, on visual flight rules only (solely what he could see).  According to a close-by witness and other observations, probably in ‘20 ft visibility in rain and fog.’ No flight tracking equipment aboard.

“All this on top of 54 NTSB-investigated tour helicopter/small aircraft accidents across the country in just the past five years, of which fully nine (17% of all accidents nationally) occurred in Hawai’i.

“Yet the air tour helicopter and small aircraft industry buries its head in the sand, claims all is well and refuses to acknowledge any concern or need to change. Compounded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is supposed to be ensuring safety, claiming that there is no reason to suspect any general industry concern.

“The tragedy is not only the loss of life but the industry’s position, apparently supported by the FAA, that current regulation is sufficient. That is an open invitation to further tragedies that very well might strike not only those in the air by the million-plus on the ground that they fly over repeatedly every day.”

Note: Congressman Case introduced his “Safe and Quiet Skies Act” last year calling for strict regulations on commercial air tour operations to include helicopters and small planes.  The act would direct the FAA, which has virtually exclusive jurisdiction over such aircraft, to adopt tighter safety recommendations long advanced by the NTSB.

Attachments:

- NTSB Aviation Accident Preliminary Report

- Section by section summary of the “Safe and Quiet Skies Act”

###

Dec, 2019: Rep Case Calls on FAA to Tighten Regulations After Deadly Helicopter Crash

Jan, 2020: Helicopter tour company pushes back against claims industry is unsafe

Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii Military History

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Together

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

July 4 in Hawaii

Land and Power in Hawaii

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

Natatorium.org

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii