TimTaylor wrote:I don't think any intelligent pilot is going to worry about a violation of FAR's in any emergency. However, when the emergency has been successfully dealt with, there may be consequences for the pilot depending on what damages he has caused to people or property on the ground. That is only reasonable. No reasonable thinking person would think a pilot certificate somehow allows you to damage others with immunity, regardless of the cause.
Of course, one can be a subject to some kind of a civil action if they cause harm but that’s a separate issue and it is between both parties to settle ( or more likely their insurance companies ) - I think we are talking here about FAA coming down on the pilot with some additional violations etc ..