Topic: Aviation Law
On January 7, 2013 seven people lost their
lives when a heavy lift Boeing Vertol BV-234 helicopter crashed in Peru. This
aircraft, which gained fame as the military Chinook, has been a workhorse for
industry whenever heavy loads need transport to and from difficult to reach
places. So: why do we have this tragedy?
As is almost always the case, at the early
stages after a crash, the information is scant. But, in this case, there is
something we do know that strongly suggest that pilot error was not the cause.
Eye witnesses, reportedly, saw smoke before the aircraft went down, and
some believe there is evidence that three may have jumped before impact to
avoid being burned to death. Assuming the accuracy of the report, we are left
with the strong inference that fire erupted shortly after takeoff. Fire aboard
any aircraft raises issues about design errors or maintenance failures as the
One only hopes that the investigation is
thorough, and that, wherever it leads, the truth is uncovered. Every part and
piece of this wreckage must be retrieved so far as is humanly possible, and
examined by experts. It is common that
investigators must go beyond mere visual examination, and must engage
engineering and scientific experts to get to the bottom of the cause or causes
that led up to the crash. In the
meantime, we join the rest of the aviation community in offering our
condolences to all that died in what appears to have been a needless tragedy.
The civilian version of the military’s Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter, the Boeing Vertol BV-234 helicopter, went down in Peru’s Amazon jungle on January 7, killing seven people.