Copter lacked equipment

There are 7 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Sep 30, 2008, titled Copter lacked equipment. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

A nearly 20-year-old Maryland State Police helicopter that crashed in darkness and fog over the weekend, killing four people, was not equipped with an advanced electronic system that helps prevent pilots from ...

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Abingdon, MD

#1 Sep 30, 2008
You are going to hear from the NTSB that this was due to pilot error. What this boils down to is that you don't fly into conditions that you and your aircraft are not equopped or trained for.

An 18 year old aircraft is not old. Engines, rotors, and other items are replaced regularly. Inspections occur every 100 hours of operation.

Has the state kept up with maintenance and upgrading of avionics. This is different from a car, you don't replace the aircraft because the radio is old or some other piece of equipment is needed. You change or add the new equipment.

This is a very sad occurance and it probably was avoidable. I look forward to the NTSB's report.
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Lake Mary, FL

#2 Sep 30, 2008
Gov O'Malley now you know what to do with the 120 million dollars to update the fleet before another person dies.

Bel Air, MD

#4 Sep 30, 2008
This is more Baltimore Sun BS!!!
Only 3 of the entire squadron of MSP choppers are equipped with the mentioned system.

It will take the NTSB and the FAA months to "prove" the cause of the accident, however the root cause analysis will point to poor weather first, and pilot error second; simply because the NTSB is paid to find fault, and heroism be damned.

Give the pilots a break. After all, they are out there every day and night, saving lives, which is more than any of you armchair Monday morning quarterbacks are doing.

I flew dust-offs in 'Nam, and it's the pilot's decision to take off or not, so unless any of you liberal talking heads can top that, shut the EFF up.(And BTW, I haven't logged one flight hour since I left the Army in '72.)

Unless, of course, it's one of YOUR family members out there, bleeding to death on the street, in which case, you would be up in arms if they didn't fly.

Put up or shut up, a$$hoes.

Bel Air, MD

#5 Sep 30, 2008
Oh, and by the way, EVERY aircraft flying IS equipped with a analog instrument that warns pilots when they're too close to the ground. It's called an ALTIMETER!
moe green

Mount Airy, MD

#6 Oct 1, 2008
the responsibility for the safe operation of the aircraft and even the decision to fly rests with one person only, the pilot.
Scott Miller

Ellicott City, MD

#7 Oct 1, 2008
I want to know why 4 people had to die because ALL medevac helicopters are not out fitted with the electronic system to allow the pilot to know the terrain below the copter? What elese does MSP need to do this tough task that O'Malley & the legislature will not fund?

Greensboro, NC

#8 Oct 1, 2008
The MSP are heroes, every single one of them...but it is time to move onto a more standard type of medevac delivery (one that doesn't use antiquated aircraft and one that provides critical care levels of care - not simply single paramedic that often utilizes ground personnel to assist).

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