New York Aviation Lawyer: NTSB Finds Jet Plane Crash Linked to Crew Errors
New York aviation accident lawyer Jonathan C. Reiter discusses recent findings by the NTSB
New York aviation accident lawyer Jonathan C. Reiter discusses recent findings by the NTSB about the cause of a jet plane crash that killed philanthropist Lewis Katz last year.
Recently, the National Transportation Safety Board released a report outlining factors that caused the plane crash that killed seven people, including billionaire philanthropist Lewis Katz last year. According to the NTSB, the plane crash was caused by multiple errors made by an inexperienced flight crew.
Source: ShoreNewsToday Report “NTSB confirms pilot error caused jet crash that killed Katz, Leeds and others”
“At a meeting detailing the events surrounding the crash at Laurence G. Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass., 9:40 p.m. May 31, 2014, NTSB officials said both the pilot and co-pilot of Katz’s Gulfstream G-IV business jet failed to perform normally routine flight control checks and attempted takeoff even after they became aware that a gust lock system was engaged. The pilots failed to abort the takeoff when they realized the flight controls were locked.”
The cockpit voice recorder showed that there were no calls from the crew for a checklist or discussion about checklist items as the plane attempted to takeoff. The NTSB investigation was conducted over a period of 17 months, and also found that pre-flight checks were not routine for the pilots.
Source: Crew errors cited in NTSB report on plane crash that killed Inquirer owner
“The investigation found that the pilots almost never conducted pre-flight checks, described by investigators as a "consistent pattern of procedural noncompliance. When the gust lock system is engaged, it is supposed to restrict the movement of the throttle so the plane cannot take off, but it failed to do so…The plane's manufacturer, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., said in a statement Wednesday that is has notified pilots of the importance of performing thorough pre-flight checks, and is working with the Federal Aviation Administration to modify the gust lock system on its jets. Gulfstream has previously said the crash was due to the pilots' failure to conduct a pre-flight check.”
The seven people killed in the jet plane crash included the pilot, co-pilot, Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Katz, and four passengers.
According to New York based aviation lawyer Jonathan C. Reiter of the Jonathan C. Reiter Law Firm LLP, who has handled multiple cases involving jet plane crashes, the crash is one that illustrates major safety compliance issues that have been linked to a number of plane crashes.
Says the attorney “The Board’s findings are disturbing. Not only do they show that this aircraft accident would have likely been prevented had it not been for the negligence of the crew, but they also indicate that there was a pattern of negligence by the pilots that persisted over time that was not properly addressed before it was too late.”
A string of plane crashes have been attributed to the mistakes or oversight of pilots and crew members in recent years and noted by the NTSB and FAA. Regarding the need for more compliance with safety regulations amid the release of reports like the recent findings of the Board, NTSB Vice Chairman Bella Dinh-Zarr, said in a press release “This investigation highlights the importance of following standard operating procedures and underscores the significance of procedural compliance… Complacency does not have a place in the cockpit of any aircraft.”
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