Public Service, Regulatory

NTSB Names Pilot Fatigue, Internal Pressure as Crash Factors

By Staff Writer | May 26, 2011
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During a public meeting on Tuesday, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its findings in the investigation of a June 2009 New Mexico State Police (NMSP) helicopter crash, pinning much of the blame on “poor decision making.” The AgustaWestland A109E was returning from a search and rescue mission after picking up a lost hiker when it went down, killing the pilot and hiker, and injuring another state police officer. Also listed as a contributing factor was an organizational atmosphere that “prioritized mission execution over aviation safety,” the report notes.
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