Promech Excurion Crash - HALCruise 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:

  1. Call the NTSB to the attention of Clint Johnson, NTSB Alaska, office line 907-782-4842.
  2. Contact HAL and ask for a copy of the questionnaire you completed. Once you obtain it (if HAL cooperates), fax it to the NTSB.
  3. 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. 
  4. Keep all of the documentation regarding the excursion in question which you received from HAL or Promech.
  5. 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.

Photo Credit:  U.S. News

One Response to Were You on one of the June 25th HAL Promech Flightseeing Excusions? Call the NTSB Now!

Having been in the Misty Fjords just 2 weeks ago myself..One must realize what they are “misty” most of the time. While further north in Talkeetna just a few days earlier we actually saw the Peak of Denali. A full 60% of flight seeing tours do not see the peak. Visibility is almost always an issue in Alaska be it a rain forest or a giant mountain. That being said Alaska bush pilots know well the issues they see and are some very good pilots in general because they work on VFR (Visual Flight Rules) all the time. My pilot said that they are taking step to make their businesses safer and coordinate with all the fight companies in and around these tourist destinations. Our pilot went so far as to give us instruction on when we could talk and could not. That was so he could be advised of safety and location updates in the flight area. I felt perfectly safe at all times.

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