Uh-oh! Another Black Mark in NASCAR's SafetyHistory

Remember the plane crash that killed Dr. Bruce Kennedy back in July of 2007?

Not only did Dr. Kennedy (Bill Frances's son-in-law) and his pilot die but so did three others (a women and her baby as well as a 4 year old next door) in the houses that they crashed into.

Well the the results of the 18 month investigation were presented this past week and the results are disturbing for NASCAR to say the least.

Why?

Because it has been ruled that "The probable causes of this accident were the actions and decisions by NASCAR's corporate aviation division's management and maintenance personnel to allow the accident airplane to be released for flight with a known and unresolved discrepancy (smell of smoke in the cockpit), and the accident pilots' decision to operate the airplane with that known discrepancy, a discrepancy that likely resulted in an in-flight fire." - unanimous NTSB decision.

It is kind of interesting that most of the wrongful death lawsuits were settled even before the 'official' NTSB report was presented this week.

For more info on this go here as it is a very good article outlining in significant detail the story from the time of the crash until just a few months ago (complete with video of the accident and of the families as well as a copy of the full prelim prelim NTSB report) when NASCAR reached an agreement with the victim's families.

Picture credit: autoracingsport.com


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