Video and Narrative Underscore Tower Marking's Effectiveness
NAAA is making available video showing the challenge low-level agricultural pilots have in seeing unmarked towers and the difference in visibility if those towers are marked and lighted. The video, shown below and also available here, was provided to NAAA with permission by Roger Dreyer and Karen Allen. Karen Allen is the widow of Steve Allen, whose life was taken in 2011 after he collided with an unmarked Meteorological Evaluation Tower (MET) in Northern California. She filed a wrongful death suit against a group of defendants representing tower manufacturing, wind energy, land-owning and farming interests for not marking or making aware the location of the unmarked MET to protect her husband. That lawsuit was settled in September 2014 for $6.7 million. Roger Dreyer was the attorney in that case and has also provided a descriptive narrative to the video in the form of a letter to NAAA Executive Director Andrew Moore.