Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Texting Linked to Fatal Medical Helicopter Crash


The result of an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board confirms that California plane crash lawyers can expect to see greater involvement of cell phones and texting devices in aviation incidents in the future.  The Board has officially confirmed that a fatal medical helicopter crash that occurred in 2011 was at least partly the result of the pilot’s frequent texting during the flight.
The helicopter crashed in Missouri in 2011, and killed the pilot, a paramedic, a flight nurse, as well as the patient who was being transported in the medical helicopter.  According to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation, the pilot was texting on his phone during the flight.  This is believed to be the very first time that texting is being cited as a contributing cause of a fatal commercial aviation incident.
California plane crash lawyers don't believe that that this will be the last time that we see cell phone use by pilots as factors in plane crashes.  According to investigations by the National Transportation Safety Board, the pilot received at least 4 text messages during the flight.  He also sent at least 3 text messages to 2 different cell phones.
The National Transportation Safety Board cites the pilot's texting as only a contributing factor in the crash, and says that the fact that the helicopter took off without enough fuel to complete the journey, was the main cause of the crash.  However, the Board has also admitted that that there were at least 240 text messages that the pilot sent and received during his shift, and has concluded that texting distracted the pilot, thereby contributing to the crash.  The distraction possibly caused him not to notice that the fuel levels were low before he took off.

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