Cruise passengers from the Westerdam and the Noordam Holland America Line (HAL) cruise ships were on three Promech excursion flighseeing planes on the fateful day of June 25th when 8 HAL passengers died.
These passengers experienced substantially similar experiences regarding the weather conditions as the dead passengers. They experienced the same or very similar flight conditions as the doomed excursion plane. They are familiar with the cruise line’s cancellation policy. At least one couple tried to cancel the flight but were told by HAL that it would access a cancellation fee of around $450 per person. So they didn’t cancel because of the extreme penalty. They flew on one of the Promech planes which took off before the plane which crashed. They can tell the investigators exactly what their flight was like.
All of the passengers completed post excursion questionnaires.
All of these passengers should be questioned by the NTSB.
HAL should turn over copies of all of the passenger questionnaires to the NTSB.
Most of these passengers have never been contacted by the NTSB.
If you were a passenger who flew on a Promech flightseeing excursion on June 25th in Ketchikan, we recommend that you do the following five things:
- Call the NTSB to the attention of Clint Johnson, NTSB Alaska, office line 907-782-4842.
- Contact HAL and ask for a copy of the questionnaire you completed. Once you obtain it (if HAL cooperates), fax it to the NTSB.
- Maintain custody of any photos or video you took on the day in question, and send copies of the weather conditions, aircraft. etc. and any images taken from the excursion plane to the NTSB as well.
- Keep all of the documentation regarding the excursion in question which you received from HAL or Promech.
- Encourage others on the excursion to do so too.
Keep a copy of everything you receive and everything you write.
It’s very important. Thanks.
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