Skip to comments.Sitka commander was ready to drop charges against co-pilot
Posted on 12/08/2011 11:59:10 PM PST by skeptoid
The commander of Air Station Sitka testified Thursday he was prepared to recommend that the matter against the co-pilot in a fatal helicopter crash be dropped, but indicated those plans were trumped by the new Coast Guard admiral in Alaska.
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I'd wager that Commander Cameron is contemplating retirement in the near future.
(Yesterday's related article: Chopper flown improperly )
It is a Jayhawk and they were flying to Sitka. 110 knots isn't fast for that aircraft.
I would like to know how much of the safety report the admiral read before making the decision to court martial this pilot. If the safety report came to his desk before he preferred charges then he will have set back the USCG safety program a couple decades.
As an aside, if this manslaughter then should we go back and try the admirals that bought the Dolphin with manslaughter. I think they lost quite a few of them, especially before they put a powerful enough set of engines in them. Everybody knew they were real stinkers, but the CG told their pilots to fly them anyway. So let's go through every supervisory mishap error and start having some courts martial.
I hope that the new admiral takes a close look at the crash report. At the surface it appears that the admiral is just asserting himself, being new at that post. Not good to fail to support your experienced commanders without cause, other than not paying attention to the facts of the matter.
It makes me wonder how much and what experience the CG admiral has to base his hostile action against his own men. Maybe he is not happy with his new Alaska assignment. I do not know. It is a very sad situation.
Commanding Admirals are political animals. Sounds like pressure from above.
This is an incredibly stupid charge. The guy was the copilot! He was not the aircraft commander. The Pilot in Command was flying and in the military they are nearly God. Copilots say “yes sir”, “no sir” and “sir, it appears we are on fire” (”appears” because the copilot should not make any important decision).
He was the “new” guy and the pilot was highly experienced in the local area. To prosecute the copilot is ridiculous.