Coast Guard May Not Prosecute Wire Strike Victim | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 12.11.17

Airborne-Unmanned 12.12.17

Airborne 12.13.17

AMA Drone Report 12.14.17

Airborne 12.15.17

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne 12.11.17

Airborne-Unmanned 12.12.17

Airborne 12.13.17

AMA Drone Report 12.14.17

Airborne 12.15.17

Thu, Jan 12, 2012

Coast Guard May Not Prosecute Wire Strike Victim

Pilot Reportedly Deviated From Course Set By Navigator

A US Coast Guard Lieutenant facing serious charges in the 2010 crash of an MH-60 in 2010 could catch a break if the recommendations of an investigator are accepted by a commander.

As ANN reported, 31-year-old Lieutenant Lance Leone earned a long list of Coast Guard awards and accolades, including commendation medals. Witnesses to the accident say that during the flight from Astoria, Oregon to the crew’s base in Sitka, Alaska, the helicopter was flying low and hit power cables strung 1,900 feet from LaPush, Washington to James Island. (Photo: James Island as seen from LaPushby Benjamin Cody.) Leone was pulled from the water by onlookers.

The Coast Guard charged Leone with negligent homicide, dereliction of duty and destruction of government property, contending he failed to properly navigate to avoid charted hazards and negligently failed to ensure the helicopter was flying at a higher altitude. He is also being held accountable for the loss of the $18 million aircraft. He could face more than seven years in prison if convicted at a court martial.

Prosecutors tried to make the case that Leone was responsible for the navigation of the aircraft. His civilian attorney countered that the lieutenant programmed a course which would have missed the wires, but that the pilot, Lieutenant Sean Krueger, saw a Coast Guard vessel in the water below and deviated from the programmed course to fly low over the boat. No blame was assigned Krueger for his role in the wire strike.

The Associated Press now reports that it has obtained recommendations from Captain Andrew Norris, an investigating officer, which suggest the charges focus on alleged navigational failures by Leone and tie those to the destruction of a helicopter and death of two crew members. Norris opines, "It is in this focus, and in making this tie, that I believe the charged offenses fail."

A decision on whether to proceed with a court martial will be made by Rear Admiral Thomas Ostebo, who is not bound by Norris's finding. In the time since the accident, Leone recovered and was cleared to retrain for a return to flight, but was assigned desk duty while the case played out.

The case has been controversial due to the appearance of scapegoating. Maintenance of the power line is officially the responsibility of the US Coast Guard, and the line has taken down two aircraft in the past, one in the late 1950s, and another in 1961.

FMI: www.forks-web.com/fg/jamesisland.htm

Advertisement

More News

AMA Drone Report 12.14.17: Drone Registry, AMA Q&A, New IDRA Boss

Also: LAFD Drones, Toys For Tots FPV, Modular Racing Drone, Community College Drone Program President Donald Trump has signed the Defense Authorization Bill that includes a reinsta>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 12.12.17: ERAU Storm Chaser, USMC Drone Insignia, Malawian UAV

Also: NLR Signs Agreement, QinetiQ, Big Bend Community College, 2nd Annual UAS Conference, Tigershark UAS Kicking off a series of tests for its capstone project, the UAV Storm Chas>[...]

Airborne 12.13.17: Flight Design Update, Bell 525, Space Policy Directive

Also: A380 Production Cut?, Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour, US Nationals, Muilenburg'ss Mars Prediction Flight Design may be under new ownership, but it plans to continue to be a le>[...]

Airborne 12.15.17: New Shepard Flies Again, Falcon 5X Cancelled, Flying Car Race

Also: Online Pilot Records Database, GA Security Bill, $1M 4 ERAU, Blades Aerobatic Team Blue Origin's New Shepard made its seventh test flight Tuesday afternoon at the company's l>[...]

Airborne 12.15.17: New Shepard Flies Again, Falcon 5X Cancelled, Flying Car Race

Also: Online Pilot Records Database, GA Security Bill, $1M 4 ERAU, Blades Aerobatic Team Blue Origin's New Shepard made its seventh test flight Tuesday afternoon at the company's l>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC