JohnAnnArbor: CFIT. Or cumulo-granite.
czetie: JohnAnnArbor: CFIT. Or cumulo-granite."Controlled Flight Into Terrain", for those unfamiliar with the jargon. For situations when a perfectly functioning plane in clear skies and good weather conditions, under the full control of the pilot and for no discernible reason... collides with the ground./happened to a *very* experienced pilot friend of mine a couple of years back, as far as I know they never found a cause.
Pribar: had either confused his flir for the walleye screen or had gotten target fixation and followed the bomb in
dolphinsgonwild: Being a CFI and flying here in Hawaii, me and my fellow pilots get ramp checked on a regular basis from the FFA so we've gotten to know them pretty well. They told us about this crash mainly because half of them are also members of the NTSB crash investigating team for the islands. The pilot was a young, fairly inexperienced guy who was flying in very high wind conditions next to the cliffs of Molokai. He was too low and the wind shear coming over the top of the cliffs no only took all his lift away but actually bent the rotors down so hard they cut off the tail rotor of the helicopter. They found the tail section about 50 yards from the crash site. If he would have been only 400-500 ft higher, this wouldn't have happened. Everyone died because he made a poor decision./and yes, it is rarely not going to be pilot error.
Whale Biologist: Correction, weather that is not extreme has nothing to do with it. Microbursts and tornadoes etc notwithstanding.
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