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Friday, August 14, 2009

Giving new meaning to the phrase "flip cam"

You knew it would surface: Somebody captured the fatal New York helicopter-plane crash on an amateur video. Pretty horrifying. But we all have a curiosity for the ugly, don't we? And so if you haven't seen it and want to, here it is.

Meanwhile, back in the bureaucratic world, more things that make you wonder...

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And you should hear the stories that pilots tell about themselves!

I saw a closer one last night that was taken by an Italian tourist on a ferry below the crash. The article said the guy taking the video was filming his fellow tourists in the helicopter...
And the newest news is that the air traffic controller who was guiding those two craft was talking on the phone with his girlfriend, and his supervisor was out of the room. They have been canned as of this morning.

Great video. I never go anywhere without my Flip Video camera. About the size of a cell phone and stores an hour of video. Plugs directly into my laptop USB for fast downloads.

Jon, I heard that story about the air traffic controller also.. but the original story after the accident ocurred was that air space in the bay wasn't controlled space... it was basically the honor system and by visual only.. even the claims being brought up against the air traffic controller say he wasn't at fault for the accident, or at least thats the version I heard when this new info broke.. so Im wondering why this new twist in the story is being presented by the MSM?

Chatted with my Dad who is a retired air traffic controller and supervisor:

Back in the day (maybe even now?), that small air traffic control tower that monitors the airspace above the Hudson really only gave instruction during takeoff and landing; once in the air, the plane or helicopter was handed off to another tower (or the pilot's responsibility to monitor the airspace).

No idea if this is still the case... but implicating the controller who was on the phone to the crash might be entirely false; he might have instructed the plane for take-off and then handed it off.

Anyway, I think the crux of this story is still untold. It might also change the way airspace operations is handled above the Hudson. It will be interesting to see what happens..

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