If what has been written and discussed to this point is true then this should fall under involuntary manslaughter.
Also see: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief2.asp?ev_id=20040519X00615&ntsbno=ATL04TA116&akey=1
Just off the top of my head I can think of a few regs not followed.
91.13 Careless or reckless operation.
61.133 Commercial pilot privileges and limitations. (b) Limitations. (1) A person who applies for a commercial pilot certificate with an airplane category or powered-lift category rating and does not hold an instrument rating in the same category and class will be issued a commercial pilot certificate that contains the limitation, **The carriage of passengers for hire in (airplanes) (powered-lifts) on cross-country flights in excess of 50 nautical miles or at night is prohibited. **The limitation may be removed when the person satisfactorily accomplishes the requirements listed in 61.65 of this part for an instrument rating in the same category and class of aircraft listed on the person’s commercial pilot certificate.
The golf course to Dulles is over 100nm. So not only the night issue but also was planned to be over 50nm.
135.163 Equipment requirements: Aircraft carrying passengers under IFR Too much to list.
135.243 Pilot in command qualifications.
© Except as provided in paragraph (a) of this section, no certificate holder may use a person, nor may any person serve, as pilot in command of an aircraft under IFR unless that person
- For a helicopter, holds a helicopter instrument rating, or an airline transport pilot certificate with a category and class rating for that aircraft, not limited to VFR
This situation never had to or should have happened. Regardless of the reason(s) why it did both the pilot and company are liable. This is not a matter of ethics but of pure negligence. Ask family members of the passenger if they feel ethically violated.
swayed by the pressure and money involved" isn’t usually a criminal offense unless you’re dealing with a governmental agency, i.e., bribery
I disagree. I think they may be some of the leading factors of crime.