"The five passengers who were killed when a helicopter without doors splashed into the East River on Sunday night were cinched into heavy-duty harnesses and tied to the helicopter floor..."


"... with only a knife to free themselves from frigid waters. Given little more than a brief safety video beforehand, they were left at the mercy of a stiff current as the helicopter dragged them 50 blocks south, upside down and underwater, before rescue divers could cut them free. The crash... exposed what aviation experts called startling safety gaps in the fast-growing industry of doors-off photo flights, once reserved for professional photographers but increasingly marketed to tourists looking to dangle their feet outside and share stomach-churning pictures of the skyline on Instagram."
From "Doors-Off Helicopter Flights Under Scrutiny After East River Crash" (NYT).
It's so important not to fall out that it eclipses the question of how to get detached if there is a crash. There must be many situations where your attention to a primary safety issue exacerbates a secondary safety issue.
I'm sorry to hear about this accident. Look how happy these passengers were, just before dying:
 The five passengers who were killed when a helicopter without doors splashed into the East River on Sunday night were cinched into heavy-duty harnesses and tied to the helicopter floor...
Photo by Trevor Cadigan posted to Instagram on Sunday.

[Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]


Tags: Photography, Safety, Law, Helicopters, East River, Ann Althouse, Trevor Cadigan

Source:  http://althouse.blogspot.com/2018/03/the-five-passengers-who-were-killed.html




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