Helicopters are inherently unstable and tricky aircraft to fly and maintain. The crash of the KOMO aircraft [“Two victims identified in KOMO-TV news helicopter crash near Space Needle,” seattletimes.com, March 18] was tragic but all too predictable.
Why do we need daily noisy, fuel-guzzling and dangerous flights over the city to get yet another harbor montage or aerial views of the latest car crash or crime scene? What value does this add?
Ask the victims and their families whether the reliance on news helicopters for superfluous visuals is worth it.
Claude Ginsburg, Seattle
Why not drones?
The tragic crash of the TV news helicopter makes us wonder if a drone camera could have saved lives.
Since 2007, the FAA has threatened to prosecute the commercial use of drones. Although the “recreational” use of low-flying light drones are allowed. Camera drones, like quadcopters, hexacopters and octocopters, are used to survey accident sites for emergencies on the East Coast.
Governments in other countries found the perfect use for camera drones to video active volcanoes or survey agricultural needs.
Without jumping too quickly on Amazon’s futuristic project of delivering goods within the city, we might consider getting warmed up to the idea of GPS-reliant newsgathering drones.
Sure, there will still be safety and privacy concerns but these may outweigh the tragedies of a larger scale.
A helicopter crash similar to this morning’s one truly shatters the comfort of all lives, near or far.
Dee Tezelli, Seattle