Recently, we were thrown into confusion and mourning following the passing of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, John Altobelli and other passengers, in a terrible helicopter crash. It has undoubtedly been one of the saddest events to happen so far this year.
It is painful to lose loved ones in such circumstances, and this is why all efforts must be made to prevent such incidents in the future.
What caused the crash? There are so many theories, but the reports have revealed that the pilot was attempting to fly through a dense fog patch that prevented him from seeing the hill in the helicopter’s path. This meant that a crash was unavoidable due to poor visibility.
From the ashes of this horrific disaster, there are many lessons to learn. No other family has to grieve from such needless loss. Some important questions need to be asked.
In this particular case, it was revealed that the helicopter in which Kobe Bryant was flying in did not have the equipment that could enable the pilot to fly the aircraft through a dense fog patch. In my opinion, such helicopters should have been fitted with the latest safety equipment to prevent such tragedies from happening.
With innovative technology such as this, the incidences of serious aircraft crashes can be minimized. To ensure that passengers are safer in the skies, it is the responsibility of the regulatory agencies to perform random and frequent checks to ensure that all aircraft have the latest safety equipment before they are certified as safe for making long or short trips.
There is always a level of risk, uncertainties cannot be eliminated, and this is why we have to be proactive about maintaining a high level of safe practices to prevent unnecessary crashes and loss of life in the future.
The path to promoting the safety of air passengers in the future is clear.
Firstly, we have to identify the problem, which has been done to a large extent. Next, it is important to analyse the cause of the helicopter crash and recommend solutions. In this case, regarding the solution, proper monitoring and enforcing high safety standards seem like the best way to go about it. Then, we reach the implementation stage. All aircraft must possess all the latest safety equipment and adhere to the latest measures. With this approach, we can maintain our control over the risks involved with helicopter travel.
The article posted by Peter Peterka on LinkedIn discusses this tragedy and what lessons can be learnt. He certainly speaks sense, and we hope his views can be taken on board. Whether we will see these changes remains to be seen.