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Wow! What a headline! Then you read the article; texting was not the reason for the crash, they are merely speculating, and creating a news story out of it. What do they know: He didn't do a thorough preflight (because of texting?!?!), he didn't do his checklists thoroughly... They don't even say the crash was due to the texting in the article! They say that was one thing he was doing that MAY have distracted him; then again, maybe not, since he wasn't shown to be texting in the final 11 minutes.
It's pilot error, he ran out of fuel because he screwed up. the NTSB included texting in their report so the media reported that I have no problem with that. I hope other pilots look at this crash and keep their cell phones off while in the cockpit.
Who thinks it's a good idea to have pilots work 12-hour shifts? Or nurses, doctors, truck drivers, flight controllers, or anybody whose quick and clear thinking make the difference between life and death?
Yeah... the texting may not have caused the accident but I would prefer my pilot especially a helicopter pilot pay attention to keeping me in the air and not what's for dinner thank you...
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