Helicopter Whistleblower Says FAA Responsible for Fatal Crashes
A helicopter whistleblower published a troubling report about a company ignoring safety regulations. Their cost-cutting measures allegedly caused two fatal crashes of tour helicopters in Hawaii. Families have been destroyed due to their incompetence.
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The helicopter whistleblower says that over the last five years, there have been more than a dozen helicopter crashes in Hawaii. He insisted there need to be stronger protections. But, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) failed to take action. In fact, the whistleblower says his bosses even went as far as preventing any aircraft inspections at Safari Helicopters on Kauai. On Dec. 26, an Airbus AS350 B2 helicopter operated by Safari crashed into a cliff face in Kokee, killing the pilot and six passengers.
Adequate oversight could have possibly prevented the crash. The helicopter whistleblower said that a manager in the office improperly let a helicopter tour company owner certify pilots for a flight on behalf of the FAA. The owner approved a pilot who flew the tour helicopter just 10 days later.
The company responsible for three crashes during the past two years has an inappropriately close relationship with FAA managers. These managers directed the altering of investigative reports. Plus, they retaliated against any employee who reported problems. Now, Senators in Hawaii are insisting that the FAA take allegations seriously.
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