In the aftermath of the crash of Kobe Bryant’s Sikorsky S-76B helicopter on Sunday morning, there has been much speculation about why it happened. And as details come to light, it’s clear that many of those concerns are well founded. But it’s important to remember that what ultimately matters in any flight is the person sitting in the left seat (in the case of helicopters, the command pilot is usually in the right seat). When it comes to the conduct of every flight, whether homebuilt or intercontinental commercial airliner, the buck stops there. That hasn’t stopped some from wringing their hands over whether the flight was charter or Part 91 private flying. It is, to put it nicely, an academic concern in this investigation.
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