Earlier today I submitted a post in which I attempted preemptively to defend Forrest Pollock against the accusations sure to come (they come in connection with every aviation-related incident) that he in some way was responsible or acted negligently as the pilot in the tragic accident that has claimed his life this week as well as that of his thirteen-year-old son. Some, upon reading that post, believed that it was insensitive. I can only conclude that my attempts to defend Pollock I had somehow communicated so poorly that they were read as accusations. It makes me wish that I had taken the step beforehand of having my post vetted behind closed doors.
Nay, nay, a thousand times nay. I am a pilot myself, and although I did not know Forrest Pollock well, I have empathetically grieved over his loss, pondering it every time I have seen my own wife and children this day.
Rather, I just know that the media and the NTSB are going to start trying to assign blame his direction, and I jumped the gun a bit in trying to explain how the NTSB is and to defend Pollock. Probably not helpful at this point. I've taken down the post at the request of others. I ask you to join me in praying for the Pollock family and for his church and his many friends tonight.