Are helicopter tours safe?

| Jan 15, 2020 | Uncategorized |

Recent events are raising questions about just how safe it is to take a helicopter tour in Hawaii. Even as a resident, you may still like the idea of taking an occasional helicopter tour to break the day-to-day monotony. However, such tours also come with inherent risks, and it is important that you fully comprehend the dangers associated with helicopter tours so you have all the information you need to make an informed decision about whether to take one.

According to Fox News, statistics reveal disturbing information about just how dangerous helicopter tours are for locals looking to get a bird’s-eye view of a particular area.

Troubling crash statistics

Research shows that the number of helicopter crashes in the United States rose 3% between 2016 and 2017, with 121 helicopter crashes taking place in 2017. Of those 121 helicopter accidents that took place in 2017, 20 of them wound up proving fatal, with a total of 34 deaths resulting from those 20 crashes. The year prior, 17 people lost their lives in helicopter crashes on American soil.

Why helicopter age matters

Recent research regarding helicopter crashes also reveals that the age of the helicopter matters, with older helicopters being statistically more likely to crash than newer models. Newer helicopters typically have components that help prevent fires, catastrophic damage and injuries, while many older models lack these important safety features. Similarly, new rules enacted in 2014 dictate that certain commercial helicopters must follow a series of strict rules and procedures intended to minimize the chances of a crash.

Common crashes causes

In many cases, helicopter crashes are a result of pilot inexperience. In other situations, helicopter crashes occur because of pilot errors or faulty helicopter equipment, among other causes.

While helicopter technology continues to improve, helicopter tours still involve undeniable risk. Before you sign up for a helicopter tour in Hawaii or anywhere else, make sure you understand the dangers associated with doing so.

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