Skyline is reporting that a whistleblower has written a letter citing safety concerns over the helipad atop the new Lurie Children's Hospital. The letter was sent to the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR) and claims to represent the judgment of an anonymous group of pilots. SOAR, a local community group who has waged a long-standing battle against the helipad, seized on the message as a vindication of its position. "[T]here is nowhere to safely land in an emergency during landing and takeoff, and their helicopter does not have the power to successfully fly away on one engine, because of the nearness of the surrounding buildings,” the message warned. The Illinois Department of Transportation has already approved the helipad but, in a last-ditch effort to halt it, SOAR has forwarded the letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation, which promises to investigate. Curbed will have your outcome.
·Whistleblower targets Children's Memorial Hospital's heliport [Skyline]