Set Up for Failure?

While making preparations to set a giant Christmas Tree in place in Auckland, New Zealand, things didn’t quite go as planned.

Too many cables? To little clearance? Lack of sufficient task preview?

Fortunately, the experienced helicopter pilot (who has over 20 years experience) walked away from the ordeal.

Please offer your insights/comments below.

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  1. Paul Zippel
    6 years ago

    Similar thoughts as Andrew Cordone. Would like more detail. Would make a good classroom discussion and activity.


  2. Andrew Cordone
    6 years ago

    If anyone asked “What is the worse thing that could happen during this task”, seriously considered the potential, and addressed the risks it would have been a lot harder for this to happen.


  3. Lee
    6 years ago

    A great example of why you should avoid the phrases “be careful” or
    “take care” when instructing people to do any hazardous task


  4. Jason Fernandez
    6 years ago

    This is a very unfortunate incident. Judging from the video, it seems as if the helicopter was literally “squeezing” into a space too small. I have to wonder if the pilot ever thought, ” Hmmm, I wonder if I can fit in that spot?” I would think in this instance not enough pre planning was done to ensure the space was suitable and safe for the helicopter. It goes to show even though someone can be a “veteran” in their job role does not mean they are immune to errors. However, in this case, there could had been better organization to ensure the pilots safety.


  5. Corrina Donaldson
    6 years ago

    A well known, respected aviator with 20 years of helicopter experience involved in a significant event causing complete destruction to the aircraft is a hard example of how experience without situational awareness can be devastating. He was likely chosen for this difficult task due to his experience, and it is evident from the video that we can never rely on experience alone for infrequently performed tasks.

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