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March 21, 2014 at 7:35 PM

One accident shouldn’t devalue the use of helicopters

The tragic incident that occurred Tuesday morning has brought some to question the safety of helicopter landing pads in the City [“Strange noise, then disaster,” page one, March 19].

Let’s look at this with a bit more rational perspective, based on frequency of incidents over the last several years. Compared with the Tuesday incident:

You are much more likely to be murdered in the street by some demented transient.

You are dozens of times more likely to become collateral damage in a gang shootout.

You are at least 100 times more likely to be killed or maimed by an impaired hit-and-run driver (this ratio will skyrocket with the new pot laws).

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