Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 8:44 pm Post subject: A quick SAR question
Having a quick read of the red pooley's av law book and it says...
When an aircraft is believed to be in distress, the rescue coordination center shall:
request ... that aircraft ... assist the operation by:
- assisting the aircraft in distress as far as practicable.
So in a situation where you see a recently crashed aircraft in a field, would assisting extend to landing to help any survivors? I seem to remember reading on pprune about someone getting in trouble for doing something similar, but can't seem to find the thread anymore...
I don't see why you couldn't land if it is safe to do so and you can offer some assistance. I have thought about this myself as I fly in some remote areas of the UK quite often, where there are occasional other GA aircraft flying around enjoying the scenery. RT comms can sometimes be quite difficult in these areas at times so I would like to think someone in another aircraft would offer assistance to me if I ever needed it until SAR arrived. As to the rules, you are generally exempt from them "for the purposes of saving life and property" or some such similar wording in the ANO.
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Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 11:05 pm Post subject: GS
In an incident involving a downed, or aircraft in distress, another aircraft is expected to offer assistance that is considered "safe, prudent, and reasonable". Same rule exists in Maritime Law to vessels in the area of another vessel in distress.
If a landing is determined necessary to save life, then do so with caution.
Sometimes, simply flying overhead to communicate with rescue vehicles serves greatly. You don't always need to land in order to help. Flying overhead serves as an air marker to surface rescue in dense foliage, or remote areas.
Even with a downed aircraft, simply the sound of an aircraft overhead brings hope to the occupants.
In an emergency, most authorities accept wide deviations from regulations, therefore, do what you feel you must, and worry about the "slap on the wrist" later.
Saving a life is worth it.
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