AI: Plane’s history
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AI: Plane’s history

August 30, 2019


WE LEARNED THE STATE WAS ABLE TO CUT SIX MONTHS OFF FROM THE ORIGINAL TIMELINE. LAUREN: AN UPDATE NOW ON THE SKYDIVING PLANE THAT CRASHED LAST MONTH ON THE NORTH SHORE, KILLING ALL 11 PEOPLE ON BOARD. THE SAME PLANE HAD A CLOSE CALL YEARS BEFORE IN CALIFORNIA. ALWAYS INVESTIGATING HAS THE FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT OF WENT WENT INTO BUILDING REBUILDING AND TESTING IT. REPORTER: THE PILOT WHO BROUGHT THE PLANE HERE FOR OAHU PARACHUTE CENTER SAID IT WAS PARTIALLY REBUILT, THOROUGHLY INSPECTED, AND PERFORMED WELL DURING TEST FLIGHTS AND YEARS OF SERVICE BEFORE THE TRAGIC CRASH. THE KING AIR SKYDIVING PLANE THAT CRASHED IN DILLINGHAM AIRFIELD IS INTIMATELY FAMILIAR TO THIS HAWAII PILOT. IN 2017, I DELIVERED THAT AIRCRAFT HERE TO HAWAII ON A 14-HOUR FLIGHT. OAHU PARACHUTE CENTER HIRED HIM IN 2017 TO FERRY THE PLANE TO THE ISLANDS AFTER LEASING IT FROM A CALIFORNIA OWNER. THAT WAS JUST A YEAR AFTER THIS HAD HAPPENED IN THE BAY AREA. THAT IS ONBOARD SKYDIVER VIDEO OF A 2016 IN THE EVENT IN WHICH 14 PASSENGERS HAD TO BAIL OUT AT MORE THAN 12,000 FEET, PARTS OF THE VERY SAME PLANE CAME APART. THE PILOT STRUGGLED TO REGAIN CONTROL IN A FLAT SPIN. THE PLANE SUSTAINED TAIL AND DAMAGE. WHEN THEY SEE VIDEO, PEOPLE ASK HOW CAN I FLY AGAIN WITH PEOPLE ON BOARD? CAP AIRCRAFT FROM THE AFTER PRESSURE BULKHEAD, FROM THAT BACK ON EVERY RIVET WAS INSPECTED OR REPLACED. THAT WAS THE NEWEST, MOST EXAMINED PART OF THE ENTIRE AIRCRAFT AT THAT POINT. GINA: DOES THAT CONCERN YOU BEFORE DELIVERY? NOT FOR THE DELIVERY BUT BEFORE I FLEW IT FOR THE FIRST TIME, SURE. I DID SOME OF MY OWN EVALUATIONS TO ENSURE THE AIRCRAFT WAS OK AND RIGGED CORRECTLY IN TERMS OF THE FLIGHT CONTROLS. GINA: THE TRANSPACIFIC CROSSING PUT THE PLANE THROUGH ITS PACES TOO. FLYING LONGER, HEAVIER, AND HIGHER THAN IT WOULD NEVER FLY AGAIN FOR HAWAII SKYDIVING OUTING. I DEFINITELY DID MORE INTENSE MANEUVERS THAN IT WOULD HAVE EVER BEEN SUBJECT TO UNDER NORMAL OPERATIONS. I CAN SPEAK TO ITS FULL ENVELOPE AND I TRUSTED THE AIRCRAFT. HE HAD NO INDICATIONS THAT THERE WAS GOING TO BE ANY PROBLEMS. GINA: NEITHER DID THE FAA, WHICH ALLOWED SKYDIVING FLIGHTS TO COMMENCE AFTER A START OF INSPECTION IN 2017, PLUS AN OPERATIONAL INSPECTION IN MARCH 2018. IT WAS LOOKED AT BY FEDERAL AGENCIES AND ALL KINDS OF THINGS AFTER THE INCIDENT. GINA: DO YOU HAVE ANY KNOWLEDGE OF IF THIS CONTINUED ITS ANNUAL SERVICE IS REQUIRED? I DON’T HAVE ANY PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE OF THAT BUT I KNOW MECHANICS WHO HAVE WORKED ON THE AIRPLANE AND THE OPERATOR WAS A VERY SAFETY CONSCIOUS GUY. GINA: THE OPERATOR IS GEORGE RIVERA, SEEN GETTING THE KEYS AFTER THE DELIVERY FLIGHT. HE HAD COPYRIGHTED HAWAII PARACHUTE CENTER A DECADE BEFORE STARTING OAHU PARACHUTING CENTER THAT YEAR. HE WAS A PARACHUTE RIGGER, AN FAA CERTIFICATION AND HE MAINTAINED PARACHUTES, THE VARIOUS STITCHING’S AND THINGS. GINA: HE WAS INVOLVED IN THE STARTUP TRAINING FOR OAHU PARACHUTING STAFF. I DID SOME OF THE FLIGHT TRAINING FOR THE INITIAL CADRE OF PILOTS THE OPERATOR HAD. WE WENT THROUGH PROCEDURES AND STALLS AND ALSO TO EMERGENCY PREPARATION. GINA: FROM DELIVERY THROUGH TRAINING, HE SAW NO SIGN OF LINGERING PROBLEMS FROM THE BAY AREA INCIDENT DAMAGE. HE’S TOLD EVERYTHING HE SAW AND KNOWS TO THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD INTERVIEWERS. THEY CAME TO ALL OF US LOOKING FOR ANY INFORMATION. THEY ARE STILL LOOKING FOR PICTURES AND VIDEOS OF THE INCIDENT, ESPECIALLY. TYPE BEEN ENCOURAGING PEOPLE I KNOW WHO HAVE HAD INTERACTIONS WITH THE AIRCRAFT TO TESTIFY. GINA: HE’S BEEN ENCOURAGING THEM TO TESTIFY. THE NTSB HAS ASKED FOR WITNESS PICTURES AND VIDEO GOING BACK AS FAR AS THE PLANE’S NEARLY TWO YEARS OF OPERATIONS IN HAWAII. LOG ONTO THE WEBSITE FOR A LINK ON HOW TO SUBMIT INFORMATION TO FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS.

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  1. Everyone makes like any another airplane doesnt have a questionable history. Majority of Airliners, military aircraft, private crafts are older aircraft with new paint. The public will never know of any mishaps, previous damage etc. Only when there is a emergency landing or crash, will the history of the craft be released.

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