Pilots slam CAA over red-flagged inspector who investigated fatal helicopter crash

A Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) inspector who overstated his CV had his performance in investigating one of the country’s worst fatal helicopter crashes red-flagged in internal emails.

As a flight operations inspector Paul Mitchell Jones conducted safety checks and inquiries all over the country, including an investigation into the 2015 Fox Glacier crash that killed seven people.

Stuff inquiry has found Jones was a controversial figure within the aviation industry and attracted serious concerns about his work from superiors.

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