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Old 11-26-2007, 06:16 PM   #1
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2007 NEAT Fair accident update

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For those that wondered what really happened when Justin chi had gone out of control and hit a spectator.

Here is a statement made by Justin Dad on behalf of his son after the accident.

Accidents happen, and I hope we all learn from this.
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Old 11-26-2007, 11:34 PM   #2
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There is no such thing as an accident. "Accidents" are caused by multiple failures, wether it be multiple equipment failures or multiple human errors. Being that humans made and maintain equipment all "accidents" are ultimately preventable human errors.
That said, I for one, do not believe the age of the pilot was the direct and only cause of this incident.
It is a shame this happened but I am sure it pales in comparison to the carnage that was our nations highways today( pick any day you want)
I do not know what is to be learned, no direct failure has been cited.
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Old 11-27-2007, 10:29 AM   #3
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That update isn't all that new... I think that thread has been there and dormant since early October.

I go to NEAT fair every year, and I was actually standing two pilot stations over spotting for a friend at the time of the crash.

During Justin's flight, he was 3D-ing and several times during the flight he stoped and hovered at the instruction of his spotter (his Dad) while other traffic was taking off or landing etc. I never had the feeling that he was behind the helicopter.

I didn't realize there was a problem until I heard the sound of his helicopter coming from behind us (behind the flight line) instead of in front of the line of pilots. I had time to turn around and see/hear the helicopter crash just behind the spectator snow fence.

The accident has been analyzed to death in those two referenced threads. So I don't think there's much to add here. What I personally took away from the accident was a reminder that I should always maintain situational awareness and keep an eye any aircraft when I'm at a model airplane field. Napping in a lawn chair when flying is going on is a bad idea.

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