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Drones: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By Ross Jurewitz on September 26, 2018

You see them flying in parks and open areas, and they seem like harmless fun here in Southern California. Drones are the latest fad for engineer-minded folks who like building and flying machines. Until now, they have remained a niche hobby. But all that is poised to change. Drones are about to become a part of our daily lives, whether we are ready for them or not in San Diego. Read the rest »

Questions Raised Over Control Tower’s Role in Collision

By Ross Jurewitz on August 24, 2015

San Diego Plane CrashFollowing Sunday’s deadly mid-air collision over Brown Field Municipal Airport that killed five people, authorities and investigators were informed that the control tower at the airstrip wasn’t occupied at the time of the crash. This meant that the pilots involved in the accident had to watch out for each other’s path, which is a dangerous way to fly. Read the rest »

Investigation into San Francisco Airplane Crash Raises Questions

By Ross Jurewitz on July 15, 2013

The recent crash of a Boeing 777 prompted an investigation from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and other agencies. These investigations have raised several questions, including ones about the behavior of the pilots in the moments leading up to the crash.

The first stages of the investigation revealed that at the time of the crash, the Boeing 777 was flying 39 miles per hour below its target speed. Going too slowly is dangerous for planes in the air, which can stall at low speeds. The investigation also revealed that an alarm sounded four seconds before the crash, warning the pilots that the engines might stall. Read the rest »

Tragic Helicopter Crash Due to Pilot Texting

By Ross Jurewitz on April 26, 2013

It was about two years ago that a medical helicopter ran out of fuel and crashed into the middle of a farm field near Mosby, Missouri that unfortunately killed 4 people: the pilot, a flight nurse, a flight paramedic, and the patient being transported.  After thorough investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) came to a recent agreement that fatigue and distraction were the primary causes of this helicopter accident.

The 37-year-old pilot, James Freudenberg, only had five hours of sleep before his 12 hour shift that ended in tragedy.  Although Freudenberg was notified at the beginning of his shift that the helicopter was low on fuel, he disregarded fueling the helicopter and did not do appropriate flight checks until it was too late.  Evidence also showed that while Freudenberg was on the ground and during flight, he was constantly text messaging throughout his shift to an off-duty female co-worker/friend. Read the rest »

San Diego Helicopter Crash Remains Found

By Ross Jurewitz on June 18, 2009

Date:  May 19‚ 2009

Location:  Coronado Islands‚ off-shore from San Diego‚ CA

Type:  Helicopter crash

Outcome:  Five people killed Read the rest »

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