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Sammies finalist investigates helicopter crashes to improve flight safety

July 8, 2020

Often the most mundane-sounding mistakes can cause catastrophe, like the time a passenger seatbelt caught a knob on the floor of a helicopter. It crashed into the East River in New York and killed five people. Chihoon Shin has investigated this and many other helicopter crashes, thereby improving safety. He’s now a finalist in this year’s Service to America Medals program. Shin is an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, and joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more information.