It was an unexplained accident, a situation in which there was no environmental circumstance that favored the collision. In short, a seemingly avoidable tragedy. Aviation experts agree in general terms when assessing as “bad luck” the air crash between a plane and a helicopter that took place last Sunday in Inca and resulted in seven fatalities, including two minors.
The head of the Aviation School, Biel Gomila, summarizes what happened in the “bad fortune” that both devices had when they coincided at the same point on the island, when at that time there were no other planes in the entire airspace of Mallorca.
Gomila understands that, in one way or another, there had to be a human error for the plane and helicopter to end up impacting, especially when there was no external factor that could hinder the piloting of any of the devices.
For this reason, the head of the Binissalem airfield, Pablo Ruiz, describes the accident as “very rare” and also points out the human factor when seeking an explanation.
Not surprisingly, helicopter and ultralight have a large glazing that facilitates a large field of vision. “Just having a look, they should have seen each other,”
Ruiz explained yesterday, who also resorted to “bad luck” to define what happened on Sunday as a “misfortune” in the most serious plane crash in Mallorca.
The president of the Mallorcan Aeronautical Federation, Miguel Buades, also points out that, although the helicopters have their black dot on the roof, they also refer to the good visibility of these aircraft and helicopters. the external vision in the case of ultralights is almost total.
Human error is the thesis that also supports the mayor of Binissalem, Víctor Martí, who also emphasizes that the existing airfield in the municipality, from where the plane left, complies with “all security measures” and enforced by legislation.
That is, it is an area below 300 meters high in which the responsibility for maintaining separation with the ground and with the other aircraft in the area is the pilots themselves.
Meanwhile, the residents of the area closest to the accident were still impacted by what they experienced yesterday. Many of them were eyewitnesses to the tragic air collision, having peeked due to the “very low altitude” to which the helicopter was flying.
They were also the first in charge of trying to quell the flames, although as David had yesterday, they had to do it with great caution because they were aware of the possibility that the fuel generated small explosions, just as it happened.
In fact, a couple residing in that rural area of the Raiguer had to be treated at the Inca Hospital – located only 400 meters from the zero zone – after having inhaled smoke from one of the damaged devices.
After a tragedy that has reached international dimension, most of the institutions of the Islands kept a minute of silence yesterday with which to remember the seven moral victims, two Spaniards, four Germans and an Italian.