[quote=Astro14]The decision to fly was the thing that killed them.
The weather was below VFR. Helicopters "scud run" all the time. Very easy to get IFR when you're scud running...and then you run into things like mountains or buildings.
Pressure to fly from a rich owner, overconfidence in one's ability to fly, insufficient training, poor risk assessment.
Also don't forget that most recent menace of scud running, cell towers. Everybody knows where the big monsters are but in the last 20 years it's those little guys that keep swatting bugsmashers like flys. They seem to pop up like daisy's always on high ridges ect. Around here we've got windmills too but at least they are typically several in a clump so are easier to see.
Those red flashing lights that the US seems so stuck on are well really crap compared strobes. The Canadians got that one right When you look at at the US towers near a Canadian white strobe its clear which one is better. Scud running is always bad business. Everyone who flys seems to know someone who bought it from this simple hazard . As they say " some of those clouds have rocks in them".