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NTSB Faults Pilot For Deadly Helicopter Crash In Maryland

In its final report released earlier this month, the National Transportation Safety Board stated pilot error was probably the cause of the helicopter crash on South Mountain on July 23, 2009. 

Four people were killed when the helicopter went down on the flight from Hagerstown to Frederick.  The NTSB says the pilot used poor judgment when he chose to make the flight on the dark night in adverse weather conditions even after talking with a fellow employee at Advanced Helicopter Concepts.   

The report states the helicopter took off after the Hagerstown air traffic control tower closed and entered an area of reduced visibility near the top of South Mountain.  It is thought it turned around and was headed back west when it hit power lines and crashed and burst into flames. 

This helicopter crash is a perfect example of how on board recording devices would help investigators know exactly what was decided in the cockpit.

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Deadly Helicopter and Coast Guard Plane Collision in California

A US Coast Guard C-130 plane with seven people on board and a Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter with two people on board collided off the coast of San Diego on Thursday – all nine are feared dead. The Coast Guard plane had been searching for a missing person in a skiff and the helicopter had been on a training mission when the mid-air collision occurred.

The area in which the collision happened is owned by the US Navy and used for training. A nearby pilot reported a fireball in that area around 7:10 p.m. Weather conditions were reported to have been good. A large debris field from the plane has been found and the military ships and helicopters continue their search and rescue mission in the area.

This is the third crash for the Cobra helicopter this year. In May, two Marines were killed when their Super Cobra crashed in Southern California and earlier this week an AH-1 Cobra collided with a UH-1 helicopter in Afghanistan, killing four. In the California crash, it was determined a non secured transmission cover blew off and into the tail rotor.

With 28 years of experience in aviation law, including handling crashes internationally, Crouse Law Offices in Raleigh, N.C. will be able to handle your concerns competently and efficiently. The successful career of Crouse Law Offices has gained them the respect of major law firms and large aviation manufacturers. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a helicopter or plane incident, please call us at 919-861-0500 or contact us online for a free review of your case.

Marine Helicopter and Coast Guard Plane Mid-Air Collision

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