A Fire Chief told me, yesterday, cops and firefighters are bad drivers because they think everyone will move for them; that many of the cop/accidents are due to fatigue driven by too much overtime.
Mothers do not let your children get in an airplane with Scituate Dare Officer Dom D'Arcangelo.
A couple weeks ago, he crashed a fully maintained and safe Piper Warrior aircraft – N2150Foxtrot - into a parked vehicle at Marshfield Airport!
What did Dom do prior to crashing?
Pick one: a) texting while operating a plane on the ground, b) talking on his cell phone while operating a plane on the ground, c) fiddling with the radio while taxing a plan on the ground, d) bending over to pick up his meatball sandwich while operating a plane on the ground, e) expecting the parked vehicle to move for him, f) all of the above or none of the above.
If you were driving in Scituate and crashed into a parked vehicle you most surely would get ticket, a police-charge of reckless operation, reckless endangerment, a lane violation, and a notation on your driving record, a date to speak with a Judge, a sobriety test and a nationwide search of your criminal record.
Officer Dom had nice-nice articles written about him like a “Natural High for Students” written by The Mariners Brian Nanos showing students you can get high without using drugs.
He also used his private pilot license to offer winners of a DARE essay contest a ride “above the clouds” as reported by Rachel Slajda of The Ledger in 2005.
Is this fun and safe or dangerous?
If Officer Dom flies 10-20 hours a week I would say its fun and safe. If he is a recreational flyer I would say: Don’t let your children fly with Officer Dom for any reason.
The fact he crashed into a parked vehicle, in clear daylight with dry pavement suggests’ he is a recreational flyer.
That makes him not suitable to fly your children anywhere – end of story.
Piloting an aircraft is a perishable skill and has drastic consequences when something goes wrong.
Getting into a small plane like a Piper Worrier should not be undertaken lightly and should be with a qualified professional who does it for a living.
Is this a breakdown of good decision making by the Scituate Police and The Selectmen?