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  • Cashin Delaney
    September 19, 2013 - 09:09

    Why did the Ocean Ranger sink. Technology that no one knew how to override. No regulators would have prevented it, only trained, experienced operators could have. Technology provides a series of diminishing returns in helicopter safety also. In fact, when we get safer technology, we just consume the risk. Cars now have forward collision mitigation! Will we consume the risk and pay less attention to the road now? There is a limit to reasonable returns on safety. Every life being so important, safety trumps all, yeah, great sentiments, and nearly everyone works toward this value, but it can't be achieved through political will alone in a free market. There will always be normal catastrophes when dealing with remote site transport. After studying the Challenger disaster, it was found that no one was at fault. NASA had taken acceptable systematic risk mitigation on par with past missions. Remember those who died, who took the risk to go harvest energy. Remember those who died merely sewing pairs of jeans for Joe Fresh. Everyday could be your last when you work in these important, tightly margined productions. Also, a flight voice recorder records 24 hrs, and is designed to retain this period after a crash. Since this incident was not a crash, and the pilots alive, and the helicopter released to fly, why would this audio be an issue? The pilots made reports right after the incident. The flight data was recorded, only voice was missing, as I read it elsewhere, a normal operating procedure. You cannot deny that all the helicoptering people around, and at night, is a product of us going along with unions, being too 'Nish' to accept a boat ride. Now there is no going back, for production sake. We can only go forward and hope to keep up with technology.

  • Corporate Psycho
    September 14, 2013 - 14:25

    Completely agree.