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Pilot Investigated and Charged with Negligent Operation

ISSUE:

An experienced bush pilot made a forced landing on a high mountain slope while attempting to air drop emergency supplies to stranded snowmobilers. The pilot was not injured; however his aircraft was totally destroyed.

The pilot was immediately investigated by the NTSB and the FAA for negligent operation of his aircraft and was facing a potential 30-day suspension of his private pilot’s license and a fine.

SOLUTION & RESULT

After assisting the pilot with his detailed responses to questions from the agencies, the pilot received no sanction whatsoever and was not requested to take an FAA check ride.

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