Comments
1 - 6 of 6 Comments Last updated Apr 10, 2013
BillyBob

Pittsford, NY

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1
Apr 10, 2013
 

Judged:

1

For the first time, NTSB has linked texting to a fatal aircraft crash. In August 2011, James Freudenberg was flying a LifeNet medical helo carrying a patient and two flight nurses when he ran out of gas, killing all on board. Investigators from the NTSB say that the pilot exchanged over 240 texts with another person, including many sent as he was prepping the helo for departure - and several as he was flying to and from the scene.

Conclusion: Pilot was distracted, and overlooked checking the fuel level prior to taking off. Cause was texting.
Ha Ha

Fairport, NY

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#2
Apr 10, 2013
 

Judged:

1

1

1

Yeah, but pilot skill has a lot to do with your ability to survive the crash.

In a helicopter, when the engine(s) quit, you autorotate. A very survivable technique.

Sure the pilot was distracted (NOT WHILE FLYING) while refuelig, but when the aircraft ran out of fuel ... he sould have still been able to land safely!

“Lovin' you is fuuu-uuun...”

Since: Apr 09

drop the puck, Ref...

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#3
Apr 10, 2013
 

Judged:

1

1

1

http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/09/us/pilot-textin...

To the amazement of safety officials, Freudenberg evidently sent several text messages with one hand while flying the helicopter with the other.

But those text messages in the air -- which ended 19 minutes before the crash -- turned out to be less consequential than text messages he sent and received while on the ground.

Investigators believe Freudenberg engaged in an extensive text conversation with a colleague about dinner plans while he was conducting mandatory pre-flight checks of his helicopter.

Because of those distractions, Freudenberg missed two opportunities to detect that his helicopter did not have sufficient fuel for his mission, investigators said.

The NTSB said other factors leading to the crash included the pilot's inability to perform a crucial flight maneuver known as autorotation after he ran out of fuel.

In the helicopter he was flying, the pilot must transition to autorotation in two seconds to avoid a crash. The investigation found that the autorotation training the pilot received was not representative of an actual engine failure at cruise speed, which likely contributed to his failure to successfully execute the maneuver.

And the pilot likely was fatigued, having failed to take advantage of his adequate off-duty hours to get sleep, the NTSB said.

NTSB assessment might read then:
cocky, wasn't he?
Ha Ha

Fairport, NY

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#4
Apr 10, 2013
 

Judged:

1

1

1

Pilot's often have big egos ... rivaled only by doctors.
Go Believe

Rochester, NY

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#5
Apr 10, 2013
 

Judged:

1

1

1

In Insurance, State, Federal, and Mythbusters studies texting and driving was found more dangerous than being "legally drunk" Just google texting and driving harder than drunk. Why is it then we put people in jail for drinking and driving and just a ticket for texting? If you guessed because MADD mothers has the 4th largest Washington lobby in the country because they earn Billions off of donations and the 250$ impact panel fee per person you guessed right!
Country Boy

Batavia, NY

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#6
Apr 10, 2013
 

Judged:

2

1

1

His over sized ego reminds me of a article I read a while ago about a business man who was pull over by the cops. He was texting with one hand and talking on another cell phone with the other. You ask how he was steering the car....with his knees. Apparently the Judge did not agree with him that he could multi task and suspended his license for a year.

Tell me when this thread is updated: (Registration is not required)

Add to my Tracker Send me an email

Type in your comments below
Name
(appears on your post)
Comments
Characters left: 4000
Type the numbers you see in the image on the right:

Please note by clicking on "Post Comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Other Recent Irondequoit Discussions

Search the Irondequoit Forum:
Title Updated Last By Comments
Sonic Drive-in coming to Rochester (Jun '13) 9 min hilton dude 62
good people 10 min john 1
White Woman Pees in Public 13 min dew4794 6
always getting breaks 14 min john 1
booking system stirs controversy 17 min john 1
NY Who do you support for U.S. Senate in New York ... (Oct '10) 20 min Adam Wolff 6,369
White Coach, Gets a Second NO 1 hr Rhonda Rousey 5
•••
•••
•••
•••

Irondequoit Jobs

•••
Enter and win $5000
•••
•••

Irondequoit People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE

•••

Irondequoit News, Events & Info

Click for news, events and info in Irondequoit
•••

Personal Finance

Mortgages [ See current mortgage rates ]
•••