The National Transportation Safety Board chairman today “squares” certain elements of the Commission’s findings on the helicopter company involved in the crash that killed Lakers legendary Kobe Bryant and eight others last year. Is difficult. “
The NTSB has released an official report on the crash in Carabasus on Tuesday, January 26, 2020, and recommendations to avoid such a crash in the future.
Investigators have accused Burbank-based Island Express of “insufficient review and monitoring of safety management systems,” but NTSB investigators have no reason to believe the company is an unsafe carrier. Stated.
NTSB Chairman Robert Samwalt admitted in a briefing with reporters that it was “difficult to square” after a board hearing.
“We felt there was more we could do to monitor their operations,” he said, and found, for example, that the company’s safety managers were not well trained. Mentioned the 2019 audit by Chevron.
But Samwalt also said that “bad things can happen to a good organization,” and that the company’s overall record did not flag anything.
“They voluntarily canceled the flight (due to bad weather), and that’s what we want them to do,” he said.
A representative of Island Express said the company would not comment on Tuesday’s report.
The NTSB struck a helicopter on the hillside after discovering that pilot Ala Zobayan was disorientated by the thick fog and was unable to distinguish from the bottom to the top.
According to NTSB senior researcher Bill English, Zobayan told air traffic controllers, “He had climbed to 4,000 feet, but by that time the helicopter had a tight left turn and was descending rapidly. This operation is consistent with the pilot experiencing spatial disorientation and limited visibility. “
In a briefing with a reporter, Samwalt believes he was able to avoid the crash at any time before Zobayan jumped into the clouds, Van Nuys Airport is 10-12 miles away, and helicopters can also land in the open field. I pointed out. Other less populated areas.
Zobayan operates in VFR and pilots need to be able to see where they are heading. According to the NTSB, he was not allowed to dive into the clouds under the VFR.
Sumwalt said neither Island Express nor Zobayan are legally permitted to operate in instrument flight rules that require IFR flight plans and instrument ratings. IFR would have allowed him to fly in the clouds.
Sumwalt said many helicopter operators, including the oil and gas industry, will adopt a two-pilot model, but believe that such an aircraft can be safely operated by a single pilot.
Along with Bryant, 41-year-old and his 13-year-old daughter Janna were also killed in the crash:
— John Altobelli (56), longtime coach of the Orange Coast College baseball team, wife Keri (46), and 13-year-old daughter Alyssa, who was Janna’s teammate on the Bryant Mamba Sports Academy basketball team.
— Sarah Chester (45) and her 13-year-old daughter Peyton (with Janna and Alyssa).
— Christina Mosel, 38, one of Bryant’s assistant coaches on the Mamba Academy team.And
— Zobayan, 50 years old.
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