It's been a terrible week in the sky. After 1995 World Rally Champion Colin McRae
, his son, and two others died in a crash, hours later, Prodrive chief executive David Richards had to crash land his helicopter. Richards, who led Prodrive to its acquisition of Aston Martin
earlier in the year, was unhurt while making the emergency landing. 1981 World Rally Champ Ari Vatanen actually called Richards on the phone to tell him about McRae, but decided to wait until Richards landed before breaking the news.
Independent of the level of skill of the pilot, there seems to be a disproportionate amount of crashes by famous people piloting their own aircraft (John Denver, McRae, John F. Kennedy Jr., Jack Roush, to name a few) vs. flying commercial. It may be time for famous people to hang up their bomber jackets in the name of personal safety, and get in line with the rest of us.
[Source: Bandbury Guardian]