It’s unfortunate when things like this happen whatever the case, however this is the nature of the industry.
However, after seeing some of the many operators out there these days, I’m surprised there wasn’t MORE incedents/accidents like this.
This industry seems to be separated into 3 categories of operators
1-the operators who have solid crews with steady work, pay well and have a full crew being well versed in there jobs (both pilots and engineers).Machine rates reflect this. Training is ongoing and mostly done at a high standard.
2-the operators who have a bit of year round work, pay decent when there’s work, keep a couple of good hands around (both the pilot and engineer side of things). Machine rates fluctuate based on the season. The rest of the crew is seasonal and simply fill the positions. Training is average.
3-the low budget operators who have little year round work, pay decent for a seasonal position. Have the bare minimum crew. Always looking for bodies to fill the position. Machines go out the door at rock bottom prices (the classic “cash flow” theory) Training is minimal. When things get slow it’s down the road for you.
Take a guess what sort of operator I would categorize these guys ?