Thanks for the morning laugh …
Yeah, it was much more complex than virtually every news outlet, this site, the WSF management, and a whole boatload of forum members shouted about.
A few, very few, of us didn’t need hindsight to call this one … all the evidence needed to show the ferry driver responsible for a multitude of failures leading to the collision was there from the beginning.
There is very little complex about a ferry driver thinking, believing, and acting on some bizarre belief that he is above COLREGS and a little boat that had the “right of way” as the stand on vessel.
There is nothing complex about such bad bridge management that the excellent and timely advice of the helmsman was ignored because of the above.
What is complex, to me at least, is how and why you and so many others still defend the ferry driver even after the rest of the story has been released. What is equally complex to me is why the CG did not nail the guy for what has to be the most amateurish judgement possible.
I would love to see how the FAA and NTSB would have analyzed the human factors involved in this accident … I don’t believe for a moment that the ferry driver would have gotten no more than a wrist slap. It was an attitude based event strongly colored by system culture. Somehow I don’t think the FAA would have given an airline pilot a free pass if he survived an identical incident and admitted he believed the little private plane should or would get out of his way.
I didn’t expect much more from WSF but the CG should hang their heads in shame.