By simply waiting for the relevant AAIU report then i have no problem with debate and opinions of any sort as the fact that the report is out discourages the walter mitty's , misinformed, anarchists , trolls etc.
Then the different theories and opinions have their place and i must say i ahve learnt quite a lot over the years from those.
Later that day I received a phone call from my Aunt, who lives outside Bristol, in the same small village as the pilot and knew him and his family very well. At this point no positive identification had been made of the pilot or passengers; however the worst was of course feared.
She was looking for information and hoping that given I had been involved in GA over here for a year and a half now, I mite be able to offer something. The best I could suggest was directing her to the points where I would find information, namely this forum site and PPRUNE which I had also checked earlier that day. However when suggesting PPRUNE I had to stop myself, due to the not altogether polite things that had been said about the pilot etc. which would only serve to upset and distress more.
I’m not posting this as a pro or con for the discussion of accidents, nor to bash the posters on PPRUNE, but more to commend the gentlemen (and ladies) on this site who only offered links to latest information and their sympathy and condolences.
It must be so hard for the families and so adding to their misery with misinformed hearsay should have no place on any forum but thats just not realisitic on any open public forum.
Just wait for the report.
The thread I read on this forum contained restrained informed speculation, and to anyone with a licence the cause seems quite apparant. One would need only to read Bearcats(A Pilot with substantial Commercial and Private experience) report on the weather in the area at the time to grasp that. There is a purpose in such discussion; it's not voyeurism or triumphalisim. We discuss accidents like these to improve our knowledge as Pilots and to remind ourselves as Pilots of light aircraft how very vulnerable to the elements we are. I really believe that it is about the only positive thing that can come out of an accident such as this one, and neither is it a smear on those who lost their life. Everyone has made mistakes and learned from them, it seems all that seperates us from "them" is we got away with ours and are still here to talk about it.
As for the uninformed morons, with their google maps and recreated flight paths drawn on them, well, that hasn't made it over from PPRuNe yet thankfully. I think the Moderator of this site has proven himself capable of handling them on the rare occasion it has been needed, and those who would do so in the future can expect to be dealt with accordingly.
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