'Punitive Culture' Cited in NTSB Findings on Alaska DPS Helicopter Crash

The safety board also cited the pilot's decision to continue flying into deteriorating weather conditions.

The NTSB has determined that the March 30, 2013, crash of an Alaska Department of Public Safety helicopter was caused by the pilot's decision to continue flying into deteriorating weather conditions as well as the department's "punitive culture and inadequate safety management."

Among the recommendations the NTSB has made was for Alaska and other states to develop and implement a flight risk evaluation program. "These brave few take great risks to save those in harm's way," said NTSB Acting Chairman Christopher A. Hart. "There needs to be a safety net for them as well."

Among the board's findings was that the Alaska DPS lacked policies and procedures to ensure that risk was managed, such as formal weather minimums, formal training in night vision goggle operations, and having a second person familiar with helicopter rescue operations involved in the go/no-go decision.

During the investigation of this accident, the board found that the pilot had been involved in a previous accident and that the internal DPS investigation of the earlier accident was too narrowly focused on the pilot and not enough on underlying risks that could have been better managed by the organization.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Complete Online Safety Training Courses

    Deliver state-of-the art, online safety training courses to your organization with IndustrySafe Training Management Software. Generate reports to track training compliance and automatically notify learners of upcoming or overdue classes.

  • Easy to Use Safety Inspection App

    Conduct inspections on the go with IndustrySafe’s mobile app. Complete safety audits at job sites and remote locations—with or without web access.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Analyze Incident Data and Maintain OSHA Compliance

    Collect relevant incident data, analyze trends, and generate accurate regulatory reports, including OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 logs, through IndustrySafe’s extensive incident reporting and investigation module.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus