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A recurring theme from the NTSB and others over the years has been that pilots should never hesitate to declare an emergency, seek all available help and take positive corrective action. The Safety Board, in a departure from its habit of not including analysis and comments in most general aviation accident reports, included a commentary about declaring emergencies as part of its recently released report on the September 4, 2014, accident involving a Socata TBM 700 (marketed as a TBM 900). While thoughts from the NTSB about declaring emergencies surely will be useful for many pilots, my hunch is that the pilot of the accident airplane normally would have been quite competent to decide for himself when declaring an emergency was appropriate. Problem is, given what was going on, his ability for adequate decision-making was compromised.