Words are insufficient to express my sadness over this tragedy, so I will not even try.
We, as a local community, have a responsibility to learn all we can from the accident and share that knowledge with the broader flying community.
To that end, I am requesting that anyone who witnessed the incident write down what you observed and send it to me at email@example.com
. I know it’s painful, but the accuracy of observations decreases rapidly with time, so please do it as soon as you can possibly manage.
Please send me the raw data without attempting to analyze it, make sense of it, or sanitize it. I will then correlate the observations, and I will likely be talking with each of you to clarify points of confusion. One of the end products will be the accident report, fully devoid of names, that I must file with USHPA.
Perhaps a much more important artifact I hope to produce is a set of suggestions about systemic changes we might make as a local flying club and suggest to the broader organization.
Thank you all for your help with this very unpleasant task.