The loss of an Angel Flight strikes the heart of many here and the personal hurt is great. As pilots, ATC, aviation enthusiasts, some are Angel Flight volunteers or with similar groups themselves. Every one grieves for the loss.
This is a forum where we are all friends that have a common bond of aviation. As such, we are able to talk or discuss the issue. We all like to bring some sort of closure. What caused the accident? How can it be prevented in the future? How can it be prevented on my next flight?
We are not trying to be judgemental in speculation. AOPA, ASF, Nall Report, and NTSB Statistical analysis are all too grim as to General Aviation accidents. The statistics change little from year to year. 65% of fatal accidents are pilot error, 14% weather, 7% mechanical failure and the rest unknown.
We discuss probable cause in hopes that pilots, atc and future pilots will learn, think safe, be safe. And forever be mindful as to how unforgiving mistakes in flight can be. Flight is a most dangerous mistress.
As Wilbur Wright said-
" If you are looking for perfect safety,
you will do well to sit on a fence and watch the birds;
but if you really wish to learn,
you must mount a machine and
become acquainted with its tricks by actual trial."—Wilbur Wright, 1901
We look to pass on our life experiences in flight that you may not have to learn the hard way by actual trial. If discussion heals one saddened person it is well, if it saves one life, it is better still.
Safe flying to all!