Paul Wellstone probably contributed to his own death. Sure, it is probably pilot judgement but the judgement not to takeoff was probably influenced by Sen. Wellstone pressuring the pilots to go when they should not have.<quoted text>
And Bernie Sanders is second to none in the Senate.
One of the few liberals in the mold of Paul Wellstone.
A Tribute to Paul Wellstone
I have told a few senior officers that the weather was not worth the risk and like good senior officers they accepted decision not to fly.
In the early 1970s we had pea soup fog but we still had to preflight the aircraft so I walked down the ramp with my two pilots in training when I started to chase some crows. The crows would "hop" just far enough to stay away from me.
I then walked back to my student and asked them what they learned and they said that I was crazy. To which I replied that that may be true but he crows were smart enough to know not to take off in heavy fog and if a natural born aviator knows when not to take off, maybe we non-natural aviators aught to to take the find and stay on the ground until the fog lifts.
There is a saying, there are old aviators and bold aviators but there are no old bold aviators. Paul Wellstone's pilots allowed themselves to be buffaloed into flying when the probably knew they should not have.
The same thing happened to Buddy Holly.