Posts with the tag ‘investigation’


ICON Aircraft Founder Kirk Hawkins Disputes Post on Pilot Error in A5 Crash

June 8, 2017

Having experienced its first fatal crash last month, the founder of ICON Aircraft Kirk Hawkins is understandably on edge. I’m to blame for some of that, apparently. In a previous post, I suggested he was pointing the finger at the pilot of the A5 that crashed on Lake Berryessa on May 8. Here’s why. On the day the National Transportation Safety Board issued its preliminary report into the accident, ICON published on its website, a statement that offered even more information than the NTSB. “We’re unsure why the plane flew into such a narrow canyon that had no outlet,” the company statement read. Knowing Hawkins’ off-stated… Read More…


What the EgyptAir CVR Can and Cannot Reveal

June 17, 2016

News that the cockpit voice recorder has been recovered from the underwater crash site of EgyptAir Flight 804 is welcomed by everyone who wants to know what caused the plane to mysteriously dive into the Mediterranean on May 19th killing 66 people onboard. What the pilots said and other sounds recorded on the two hour tape should be able to help determine what happened. But what the CVR probably won’t be able to do is indicate if there was an explosion on board. “Engine failure, catastrophic in flight failure, the recording will stop at the same time,” said Mike Poole, a recorders expert from Canada who… Read More…


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