Thursday, April 05, 2012


Four years ago, there was an accident. It changed so much. Our friend died. Our present changed. Our futures changed. We are still trying to come back from this one accident. Some never will.

Two years ago, the NTSB investigation found that the aircraft was overweight and that the pilots were working with poor information. There's recently been a trial, as well, because there was question about who knew what and when.

The jury found the helicopter manufacturer, Sikorsky and the Carson Helicopters were partially at fault, but put most of the blame on G.E., finding it 57% responsible. The jury awarded $28.4 million to the estate of (Roark). Surviving pilot (Bill) was awarded $37 million, and his wife, $4.3 million dollars.
                                          ~ Nigel Duara Associated Press, Wednesday, March 28, 2012

And there was vindication: "They're heroes," said plaintiff's attorney Greg Anderson of the pilots, (Bill) and (Roark). "They saved as many people as they could. They have been pilloried before this."

Lithus hasn't read the reports or watched the latest news videos. He can't, doesn't want to. And I understand. Nothing has really changed. Oh, the families have a shitload of money, and that will make life easier on some levels. I won't argue that. But nothing has really changed. For me, though, it is... good. Somehow.

Those are Pobble Thoughts. That and a buck fifty will get you coffee.


William Dameron said...

Closure is always a good thing, no matter what form it comes in. I am glad you found it.

Hermes said...

I know a few pilots myself. I know how when there'e a crash, it is really easy for people to say "pilot error" when the piolt has passed on. Once in a while we get to hear exactly what you said. When things go wrong and you are thousands of feet up, pilots save lives. More people need to keep that in mind.

Gamina said...

I just can't believe it's been four years. Even though I didn't know him, to me it still feels like something that happened last fall. Knowing what it's like to lose a friend, my heart goes out to Lithus and you. And to her. You never truly get closure. You never truly get over. You just get through.

BostonPobble said...

Bill ~ So very true. It was a really horrible time and you're not sorry you missed it, trust and believe. That being said, you are right on here. I'll take what peace I can, and hope the same for those who loved him.

GOML! ~ They are easy scapegoats, true. Thank you for understanding what it is these men actually do the vast majority of the time.

Gamina ~ Right? So much time has passed and yet it is nothing for me to be back in the Vancouver place, pacing, waiting. Interestingly, four years was about the expected time frame for new projects to begin. *sigh*

Gay Soldier's Husband said...

Oh, I am so sorry. This pain never goes away :(