A deadly helicopter crash in Green Cove Springs may have, in part, happened because of financial pressure facing the pilot.
The National Transportation Safety Board has released their review of the December 2011 crash that killed a Mayo Clinic heart surgeon, technician and the pilot while they were flying to Gainesville to pick up an organ for transplant. It says the pilot’s business had declined in prior years, and he was looking for every possible opportunity to make money.
That could have led in part to his decision to fly during the rough weather that day. Other pilots interviewed during the NTSB investigation say they would have flown in the weather, but would have had a back-up plan lined up just in case. Investigators found no evidence of another plan with the pilot.