Use the RSS feed to subscribe to Allan Parachini's posts today, Chad Blair: New Progressive Caucus Hopes To Be A Force At The Legislature, HAWAII VIRUS TRACKER — Jan. 24: 153 New COVID-19 Cases. It’s the pilot and it’s the company.”. “Zero is what every operator, especially tour operators, are trying to do. The only news outlet in Hawaii dedicated to public affairs reporting. Four more crashes have involved Sunshine Helicopters Inc., which also operates on several different islands. The data does offer a detailed window into the frequency and causes of crashes: • Since 2000, 11 of the 38 crashes involved fatalities. That’s incredible growth for which we’re so grateful. A recent spate of crashes in the last two years — including the deadly crash on Kauai that killed 7 people last month — has put the industry under increased scrutiny. Apologies have been few and far between, despite punishment from donors who pledged to cut off contributions to Republicans who voted against certifying the 2020 … The tough part came afterward. Published. The incident occurred at about 12. “The pilot remembers being in dream-like state during his loss of consciousness,” the NTSB report reads, “and in the dream-like state he was piloting the helicopter and knew that he was in an emergency situation.” Three people suffered serious injuries in the crash. Kauai had more fatalities than other islands, with 25 people killed. By. One helicopter in the crash sequence Civil Beat reviewed, in particular, had logged many years in both Hawaii and Alaska — two of the harshest environments for helicopters in the United States. INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — One person was hospitalized after a helicopter crashed at an eastern Iowa airport. The problem is the helicopter is an incredibly precise machine. Ten crashes involved a single tour operator, Paradise Helicopters, also known as K&S Helicopters Inc., based in Kailua-Kona with operations on Hawaii Island and Oahu. A Blue Hawaiian tour helicopter lifts off from the Princeville airport. BREAKING: Helicopter Crashes In Lagos Number of casualties and other details on the incident remains sketchy at this time. “It’s a tough business,” Rose said. A confirmation email will arrive shortly. In Hawaii, 2019 was the deadliest year for tour helicopters in nearly two decades, with 10 people dying in two crashes, a Civil Beat review of federal records shows. Be the first to hear about important news stories with these occasional emails. The helicopter came down in a field near the A299 (Picture: @Kent_999s) A helicopter thought to be carrying ‘as many as four people’ has crashed near a busy road in Kent. Limited ownership records in an FAA database show 14 helicopters in the Paradise Helicopters fleet, 10 in Sunshine Helicopters fleet and five owned by Safari Helicopters, whose craft crashed on Kauai in late December. At least two of the crashes involved helicopters with manufacturing defects, including potentially fire-prone fuel tanks. MalaysiaKini reported that out of the 4 victims (3 men, 1 women), 2 individuals were found dead, while 2 others are seriously injured. Email Allan at, Sorry. Figures from the Hawaii Department of Health indicate that the number of tour flights have grown nearly 67% since 2010. Sailors direct the launch of an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the "Golden Falcons" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 from the flight … Another five crashes, with 12 dead and nine injured, have involved aircraft operated by Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, also known as Helicopter Consultants of Maui LLC, with operations throughout the state. Two people have died in a helicopter crash north of Kaikōura. There were seven killed on Maui and five on Molokai. MARLBOROUGH, Mass. Houston helicopter litigation attorney Ryan Macleod said he finds the differences in the safety culture between commercial airlines and helicopter tour operators troubling. Indeed weather appears to have been a factor in the deadly Kauai crash. !function(){"use strict";window.addEventListener("message",function(a){if(void 0!==a.data["datawrapper-height"])for(var e in a.data["datawrapper-height"]){var t=document.getElementById("datawrapper-chart-"+e)||document.querySelector("iframe[src*='"+e+"']");t&&(t.style.height=a.data["datawrapper-height"][e]+"px")}})}(); Together, the crashes reviewed by Civil Beat portray an industry facing a broad array of challenges, from dangers created by the vagaries of weather conditions throughout Hawaii, to mechanical failures, maintenance shortcomings and pilot error. Thanks! If we eliminated the pilot error, the number of helicopter crashes in Hawaii would go down by more than 50%. The recent spate of crashes, which are among 38 accidents and 45 fatalities since 2000, has brought new scrutiny to the helicopter tour industry. The accidents in Hawaii since 2000 involved 16 different operators, of which at least four are believed to be no longer in business. “These conversations can’t just be had in side offices. Several recent helicopter crashes in the U.S. have demonstrated an urgent need for greater safety standards and regulations for helicopters of all types. Three other occupants - believed to include children - survived the impact. Flight volumes from Lihue Airport on Kauai were the highest in the state. At one point the company issued a safety directive advising pilots and passengers to wear fireproof clothing. Stan Rose, executive director of the Tour Operators Program of Safety and the Helicopter Safety Alliance – two national trade groups — said safety culture remains a major challenge for tour helicopter companies, where pilots and maintenance personnel are under great pressure to keep aircraft flying. In the 2016 incident, which was covered extensively in the media at the time, the pilot initiated an emergency landing, but changed direction because people were standing in his intended landing path. Emergency personnel were called to the crash site shortly before 9 a.m.... MEXICO CITY (AP) — Four people have been arrested in connection with the 2018 crash of a helicopter that killed a central Mexican governor and her husband — who had preceded her as governor —... PARIS (AP) — Five members of a mountain rescue team were killed and a sixth was seriously injured when their helicopter crashed in the French Alps, authorities said. (AP) — One person is dead after a helicopter crashed in southeast Mississippi, authorities said. HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston police helicopter crashed early Saturday, killing one of the two officers on board and critically injuring the other, while assisting a call to search for bodies in a... ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister has expressed his condolences after a Canadian military helicopter crashed off the coast of a Greek island during NATO maneuvers. CAIRO (AP) — A Sudanese military helicopter loaded with weapons and ammunition crashed Wednesday, shortly after taking off from an airport in an eastern province bordering Ethiopia, officials... LAUREL, Miss. Case is seeking legislation that would implement stronger regulations and force the Federal Aviation Administration to give chopper operations the same scrutiny received by airlines. The records don’t provide a way to determine the relative safety or long-term trends in the tourist helicopter industry, since there is no information available to compare the number of crashes with total flying time. Many people who can afford it often … On Sunday morning (Jan. 26), US basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, ... low-altitude conditions common in many helicopter crashes. Three people were aboard the chopper when in went... REDBUD, Ill. (AP) — One person has died after a helicopter crash in southwestern Illinois, according to authorities. And don't worry, we hate spam too! None of the helicopter companies contacted by Civil Beat — Blue Hawaiian, Sunshine, Paradise and Safari Helicopters — answered repeated requests for interviews or information. • Investigators blamed eight of the 38 incidents on weather-related factors. Locals raced to the wreckage to help after watching in horror as the helicopter, with five people on board, crashed at a rivermouth. Of these ten airlines with the most plane crash deaths since 2010, 40% of them have seen crashes happen in the past two years. Allan Parachini is a freelance writer and furniture maker on Kauai. Most of these (helicopter tour operators) are doing in-house maintenance.”. Thielen, who represents the Kailua area, has long criticized the impact of tourism flights over neighborhoods and pressed for stronger regulation of the industry. Back in the old days, you often judged your pilots on who was willing to fly that extra mile. It’s not that easy to find relevant stats for helicopter crashes, but the European Helicopter Safety Team (EHST) did report that between 2006 and 2010 there were 162 accidents involving helicopters – down from the 311 recorded between 2000-2005. • The number of crashes fluctuates significantly, with zero crashes reported in four of the last 10 years. When it comes to maintenance, they’re not spotting the red flags. ... — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) January 26, 2020. He thinks there needs to be more oversight and regulation of the helicopter companies. Civil Beat readership has more than doubled in the past nine months. “More than 50% of my cases are due to flying into something that the pilot thinks is a cloud, but turns out to be a mountain. News Desk Agence France-Presse Moscow, Russia / Wed, May 20, 2020 / 08:16 am . Here is a list of some other notable... CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — Emergency crews responded after a helicopter crashed and sparked a small brush fire Sunday in Southern California, authorities said. 11 November : An Afghan army helicopter, reportedly a Mi-17 crashed during takeoff in Hisarak district, Nangarhar province due to a technical failure. To remain a viable business model for local news, we need a higher percentage of readers-turned-donors. The NTSB noted that “although the FAA was conducting oversight in accordance with their guidance, increased inspections may have uncovered the inadequate maintenance and documentation, which, in turn, might have prevented the accident.”. ... President Muhammadu Buhari already disclosed in October 2020 that the Nigerian economy is too fragile to go into another lockdown. One teenaged passenger was killed and four others were injured. A passenger softened the landing by taking over the controls to slow the descent. “This self-governance of helicopters has to stop.”. These include plane crashes involving Ethiopian Airlines (2019), Lion Air (2018), Ukraine International Airlines (2020), and Pakistan International Airlines (2020). She Was About To Lose Her Job. “Unregulated helicopter tours are a nuisance and safety issue for people on the ground, a safety issue for the tourists booking flights, and in cases of choppers flying low over the Arizona Memorial and cultural sites in our national and state parks, disrespecting our cultural sites.”. “Absent effective regulation, we can only expect these safety risks and community disruption to continue to accelerate.”. Here are the most recent cases: Topics. Check the boxes for emails you'd like to receive. HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - There have been 18 civilian helicopter crashes in the islands since 2015, NTSB records show. An NTSB preliminary report released earlier in January did not draw conclusions about the cause of the latest Kauai crash. Meanwhile, Hawaii Department of Transportation records based on self-reporting by individual companies show that the number of tour operators in Hawaii has more than doubled in the last 10 years and flight volumes have increased by nearly 67% in the same period. “It’s common sense that there will be more helicopter accidents when there are large increases in the number of helicopter tours in our skies,” she wrote in an email Wednesday. Earlier today (Sunday, 8th November), a helicopter experienced a mid-air collision and crashed in Taman Melawati. 17pm, at Salvation Road, Opebi, Lagos. Tuesday, 15 December 2020. (AP) — Flags outside Marlborough City Hall flew at half staff, and traffic signs offered condolences to the family of a local soldier who was killed in a helicopter crash this... WASHINGTON (AP) — Five American soldiers killed in a helicopter crash this week while on a peacekeeping mission in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula included one who left behind a wife pregnant with their... JERUSALEM (AP) — The international force that monitors the Israeli-Egyptian peace agreement said Thursday that seven peacekeepers, including five Americans, were killed when one of its helicopters... HONOLULU (AP) — A helicopter carrying a Hawaiian Electric contractor lost power and made a hard landing in Honolulu Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the utility said. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A co-founder of Clayton Homes, a national home-building company, was killed when a helicopter crashed into the Tennessee River, relatives said Tuesday. One of the most famous and tragic helicopter crashes in recent years occurred in the Grand Canyon in February 2018, when a tour helicopter crash led to the deaths of three British tourists. Weather-related, mechanical or faulty maintenance causes have been identified in nearly all of the crashes. You'll hear from us whenever Civil Beat publishes a major project or investigation. “Every island has specific problems,” Fried said. Four people died in a single Paradise crash in 2003. We already have the coronavirus pandemic, climate crisis, and political upheavals in multiple countries. Adding to the list is a video of a helicopter crash in Los Angeles that literally became heartbreaking since it was delivering a donated human heart to a hospital. Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Basketball California Helicopter crashes Most popular. “Basically, they just have to exercise better judgment.”. FAA helicopter ownership records frequently make it difficult to determine how many helicopters an individual tour company has in its fleet because so many of the aircraft are leased. This is because the general circumstances of the accident – a VFR helicopter flies in the clouds and crashes in the field soon after – are all too familiar. The notion of safety is an interesting one. Vocal critics like U.S. Rep. Ed Case and state Sen. Laura Thielen are pushing for action to address safety and noise concerns. To get a fuller picture of the industry’s safety record, Civil Beat reviewed NTSB reports on the 38 accidents in the last two decades. Get our latest environmental news on a monthly basis, including updates on Nathan Eagle's 'Hawaii 2040' series. On this day in history for Jan. 6, 2020: Helicopter crashes in Brutus The Citizen staff Jan 6, 2020 Jan 6, 2020; Return to homepage × You have run out of free articles. Floyd Wisner, who represented victims in the 2007 Kauai crash of an Airbus helicopter operated by the defunct Heli-USA tour company said of Hawaii crashes he has handled: “It is usually a combination of pilot error and some kind of malfunction. According to the NTSB report, the pilot was flying in clear weather when the engine failed at about 1,300 feet in the air. A young Texas physician, Dr. Lindsey Hicks, sustained injuries that left her a paraplegic, Fried said. “The hard statistics on rapid acceleration of Hawai’i tour helicopter operations only confirm what we already know: these operations have become a major safety risk and community disruption throughout all parts of Hawai’i,” Case said in an email this week. MENDON, N.Y. (AP) — The three National Guard members killed when a helicopter crashed in an upstate New York field this week were experienced pilots with past deployments to Afghanistan, officials... MENDON, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Army will lead the investigation into a helicopter crash that killed three National Guard members on a training exercise, authorities said Thursday after the remains... MENDON, N.Y. (AP) — Three National Guard members on a training flight were killed Wednesday when their helicopter crashed in a farmer's field in western New York. Using online search resources and records of the Hawaii Department of Transportation, Civil Beat identified 18 tour operators that appear to offer services somewhere in the state. THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch military helicopter has crashed into the Caribbean Sea near the island of Aruba, killing two of the crew, the Defense Ministry said in a statement early... TAICHUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's military fired missiles from the air and the island's shore facing China on Thursday in a live-fire drill to demonstrate its ability to defend against any Chinese... SEMARANG, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian army helicopter crashed on the main island of Java on Saturday, killing four of the nine people on board, officials said. The year ended with a Dec. 28 crash on Kauai, when an Airbus helicopter operated by Safari Helicopters crashed into a steep rock face, dropped 100 feet and caught fire, killing the pilot and six passengers. The case is ongoing. Oahu and Hawaii Island each had four fatalities. The truth is that less than 1% of our monthly readers are financial supporters. In the meantime, we have other newsletters that you might enjoy. Don't worry, you can unsubscribe or update your preferences at any time. NTSB also took the unusual step of faulting the Federal Aviation Administration, the chief regulatory agency for the entire aviation industry. At the time, the FAA released a statement saying: “Safety is the FAA’s top priority, and the FAA’s air tour regulations include requirements that are specific to Hawaii operations. ... 2020 at 7:59 p.m. UTC. The NTSB also said the pilot, Paul Matero, 69, was on his eighth flight of the day when the crash occurred. You can unsubscribe any time. The year 2020 has literally become heart-breaking for quite a few people worldwide. They want to keep flying these helicopters. UPDATED: Helicopter crashes into building in Lagos, claims lives of two crew members. Seven are believed to be among the state’s largest tour operators and have had at least two crashes, but several apparently small operators have reported no tour accidents. The culture changed over time. The recent preliminary report on the Kauai crash noted the helicopter lacked electronic flight tracking equipment. The NTSB concluded that grease was not applied to the forward coupling and that some of the work described as being done was never recorded in records. List of Notable People Killed in Helicopter Crashes. The overwhelming majority of the crashes reviewed by Civil Beat involved three manufacturers, including 16 built by Airbus; 13 by MD Helicopters and four by Robinson Helicopter. “No number (of deaths) is acceptable,” Schuman said at a press conference in January. The overall accident rate fell to 3.19 accidents per 100,000 flight hours in 2016 compared with 3.67 accidents in 2015. Many of the rest were attributed to mechanical causes, although it was unclear if weather was a secondary factor in some. US Elections 2020 … Richard Schuman, owner of Schuman Aviation, pushed back hard against Case’s portrayal of the industry as unsafe and in need of stronger federal regulations in the wake of the Kauai crash. Our mission is to engage and educate the community on important public issues through in-depth reporting, explanatory and investigative journalism, analysis and commentary. What bothers me is that, every time there is a crash like this, there’s a promise of more oversight, then, damnit, the same thing happens again.”, The 2007 NTSB report on the Heli-USA incident, in which four people were killed, observed that: “Examination of the company maintenance program revealed that none of the mechanics at the helicopter’s base had received factory training and that the maintenance manuals they used were three revisions out of date.”, It also said “Mandatory quality control inspections of maintenance actions, as well as post-maintenance test flights described in the General Operator’s Manual and the manufacturer’s maintenance manuals were not performed.”. In one particularly bizarre incident in October 2018, a pilot flying on Oahu for Novictor Aviation lost consciousness twice during a flight and was awoken by rescue personnel after the craft crashed onto a sandbar. While we are always looking for possible trends, we have not identified current issues of concern that are applicable to the industry statewide.”. The Helicopter Association of Hawaii, which represents eight tour operators, refused to respond to questions about the industry, such as the number of tour operators in the state or fleet sizes. Copyright © 2010-2021 Honolulu Civil Beat Inc. All rights reserved. In 2005, 17 tour operators statewide supplied data to HDOT showing there were 6,086 tour landings in March of that year. NTSB’s final report indicating the cause has not been released. The crash was reported Tuesday afternoon in Audubon County, a few miles... CHICAGO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard made it look effortless, nailing one 3-pointer after another and nearly matching an All-Star Game record. Wreckage lay near a hangar Tuesday after the crash at Independence Municipal... HONOLULU (AP) — A person who was near a remote Hawaii site where a tour helicopter crashed and killed seven people last month told investigators that visibility was only about 20 feet (6 meters)... KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan military helicopter crashed on Wednesday in the country's western Farah province, killing the two pilots on board, a defense ministry official said. It also found that the company owner, a rated mechanic, wasn’t present when the drive shaft was removed for maintenance. Kauai had far more fatalities, 25, from crashes in the last 20 years than any other island. Civil Beat ® is a registered trademark of Honolulu Civil Beat Inc. Stay Up To Date On The Coronavirus And Other Hawaii Issues. Inbox overcrowded? Limited flight technology is also cited in many NTSB accident reports. He didn’t respond to interview requests for this story. The biggest predictor is a safety culture in the organization where everyone is pointed toward the safety model. The helicopter caught fire on impact. Basketball legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday morning in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, sources confirm to CNN. We'll send you a confirmation e-mail shortly. An Ormond Beach man died in a helicopter crash in Jones County, Mississippi, on Dec. 29, 2020, and a GoFundMe has been set up to help his family. By The Associated Press. The minimumum donation amount is $5.00. ... and 16 Special Operations troops died when their helicopter was shot down on a rescue mission. The helicopter landed in the water and turned over. Among Fried’s cases was a 2016 accident on Kauai in which an Airbus helicopter flown by Blue Hawaiian crashed on a beach near Hanalei. One crew member and one security personnel died, two others were wounded. News 1:52 PM PST, January 27, 2020 - Deborah Hastings . Civil Beat has been named the best overall news site in Hawaii for the 9th year in a row by the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter. There were six crashes in 2018 and four crashes in 2019. by SaharaReporters, New York Aug 28, 2020. However, it noted that a witness who heard “a hovering helicopter followed by a high pitched whine” just before the crash reported there was only about “20 feet of visibility in rain and fog” at the witness’s location about 1.5 miles from the crash site. The agency conducts random and regular surveillance on all Hawaii air tour operators, and ensures companies address any issues we may find. Novictor was also the operator of the helicopter that crashed in Kailua on Oahu in April of last year, killing all three people aboard after parts of the craft fell off in mid-air. A helicopter has crashed into a road on the north Kent coast this morning. You're officially signed up for our daily newsletter, the Morning Beat. Year on year, fatal helicopter accidents were down 17%. WOODSTOCK, Conn. (AP) — One person has been injured in a helicopter crash at a small airport in northeastern Connecticut, state police said. January 27, 2020. Brigadier Kalemire, this particular UPDF airforce helicopter type was a Bell 206B III model whose serial number 3678 indicates a manufacture date of between 1982 and 1983. Helicopter crashes in NZ - Two people killed, three seriously injured Two people have died in a helicopter crash at a river mouth north of Kaikōura. The weather-related incidents account for 25 deaths. Hawaii Department of Transportation data, which was provided by the agency to Oahu State Sen. Laura Thielen in July 2019, shows the monthly volume of flights by helicopter tours has been rising steadily in Hawaii since 2010. The league's current best will try to match his effort when Team LeBron and... JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) — Search teams in Indonesia on Friday found the bodies of a dozen soldiers killed when their helicopter crashed eight months ago in the country's easternmost province of... LOS ANGELES (AP) — A public memorial has been announced for three members of a family who died along with Kobe Bryant and others when a helicopter crashed in foggy weather last month outside Los... LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant’s remains among four identified so far following weekend helicopter crash that killed 9. There were six crashes in 2018 and four crashes in 2019. April 30, 2020 / 4:44 AM Canadian military helicopter crashes in Mediterranean off Greece. Best listening experience is on Chrome, Firefox or Safari. “With all helicopters, we are managing risk. WASHINGTON DC – The U.S. helicopter accident rate and the fatal helicopter accident rate have fallen for the third consecutive year, according to Federal Aviation Administration data.. Helicopter crashes in Woodstock, 1 injury reported October 10, 2020 GMT WOODSTOCK, Conn. (AP) — One person has been injured in a helicopter crash at a small airport in … The helicopter crashed into a storage unit around 2:30 p.m. Saturday in... ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine air force helicopter on its way to airlift troops wounded in a recent suicide bombing crashed on a southern island Wednesday, killing all four crew... SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — Two soldiers were killed and three were injured when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a training exercise off Southern California's coast, the Defense... LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Two people have died and a third is critically injured after a helicopter crashed into a residential area in Nigeria’s most populous city, Lagos, authorities said... SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of wildfires raging throughout Northern California have now claimed at least five lives and threaten tens of thousands of homes, authorities said... AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Three Texas Parks and Wildlife employees died after their helicopter crashed in a West Texas wildlife preserve, the department announced Sunday. MESA, Ariz. (AP) — One man was killed an another injured when a helicopter crashed in a park outside Phoenix Friday, authorities said. And the total number of tour helicopter crashes, both fatal and non-fatal, has escalated during the last two years. Ownership records show that many helicopters have been owned by several different leasing and tour operators across the country. Then Her Dad’s Department Hired Her, This Innovative Kauai Medical Clinic Is Struggling To Survive, Hawaii DOE Welcomes Smaller Budget Cuts But Uncertainty Remains, Hawaii Troops Help Secure US Capitol As Biden Takes Oath, Molokai’s Fabled Axis Deer Are Starving To Death In Droves, Schuman said at a press conference in January, a pilot flying on Oahu for Novictor Aviation lost consciousness. U.S. military plane crashes in Taliban territory in Afghanistan. With that in mind, we decided to look back at the official statistics of helicopter crashes over the last five years. For example, the investigation of a 2016 crash of a Bell helicopter operated by the now-defunct company, Genesis Helicopters, found a key component of a drive shaft had apparently not been lubricated. July 8, 2020 1:06 pm 9 min read . Her boyfriend, her parents and another unrelated passenger were also hurt. But for a small nonprofit newsroom that provides free content with no paywall, readership growth alone can’t sustain our journalism. Finding the right words... CHICAGO (AP) — Kobe Bryant always seemed to be in top form when he stepped onto the court for the NBA All-Star Game. He’s now a finalist in this year’s Service to America Medals program. • 45 people have died and another 40 have been injured in Hawaii helicopter tour crashes. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fans call it The House that Kobe Built, and since Kobe Bryant's death in a helicopter crash mourners by the thousands have gathered daily outside the arena where the Los Angeles... ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Divers in Croatia have found the body of a second crew member who died when a military helicopter crashed into the Adriatic Sea, the defense ministry said Tuesday. Military helicopter crashes outside Moscow, crew killed: ministry. Only one previous year — 2007 — had as many as four crashes during the last 20 years, according to National Transportation Safety Board records. “There is no rule that says the fickle finger of fate strikes equally over all companies. Civil Beat contacted all three manufacturers for comment on the performance of their aircraft. He said his company already complies with FAA standards. There needs to be public conversations” about safety issues, he said. Now, we recommend using a flight-risk evaluation tool. Other crashes which remain imprinted in people’s psyche are the 2018 helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon, which killed five, followed by two helicopter crashes in New York later that year. An early warning system was missing from the helicopter in which nine people died on Sunday but may not have prevented the crash, say experts Published: 29 Jan 2020 Investigated this and many other incidents are also riddled with references to metal fatigue, inadequate lubrication cracking! 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