Skip to comments.Leaked FAA memo sheds light on Superstition Mountains plane crash (AZ)
Posted on 05/09/2012 11:34:00 PM PDT by hope
APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. - The night before thanksgiving, while most families were preparing to spend the holiday together, a plane crashed into the Superstition Mountains in the east valley. All on board were killed, including these 3 young children and their father.
The official cause of the crash won't be known for months, but tonight we have new troubling information that raises the question -- did this have to happen? Did they have to die?
We've learned FAA safety investigators believe the air space around the Superstition Mountains may have contributed to this deadly crash.
A problem they have known about for years.
The FAA's findings have never been made public until now. Something else that's never been made public until now -- haunting images of those kids just before their flight.
(Excerpt) Read more at myfoxphoenix.com ...
I say we regulate, defund and ban the air space around the Superstition Mountains
Maybe create a Superstition Mountain Czar.
Part of me wants to say "criminal" though I know it's not... but still...
It would seem that if you didn't have terrain on one of your systems, and weren't super familiar with the area, flying night VFR wouldn't be prudent.
I have plenty of night VFR flying experience in low and high populated areas, but haven't flown in the Phoenix area. From flying in the LA basin I can understand the desire to just remain VFR. A lot of the SoCal approach controllers can be complete tools.
There area outside the valley is so dangerous that The FBOs in Phoenix would not rent planes and allow people to take them out of the valley and into mountainous terrain.
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