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Old 01-29-2020, 10:01 AM
gnoitall is offline
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Originally Posted by aceplace57 View Post
The helicopter didn't have a terrain awareness system (TAWS).
This fact makes me more puzzled about the mindset of the pilot.

According to information from the NTSB, the helicopter's radar returns indicated that just before impact, it was in a "descending left bank".

If you're wrapped up in cloud and have no idea where the ground is (and know you will have no warning if you get too low to terrain), why would you be in a descending ANYTHING? Was the pilot stuck in a visual rule mindset and ignoring his instruments? Because I'm pretty sure the altimeter and rate-of-climb indicator would definitely have said "you're descending" if the pilot had looked at them.

Maybe the pilot thought he could get below the deck and reestablish his navigation?