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Old 03-19-2011, 10:38 PM   #4816
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That could've ended up a lot worse than it did. Glad they set down OK - it looks like they owe BC Hydro (or Telus) a case of beer.
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Old 03-19-2011, 10:41 PM   #4817
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Ouch, glead they were able to get it back on the ground. Wonder why they did not land in the field to begin with.
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Old 03-19-2011, 11:50 PM   #4818
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Ouch, glead they were able to get it back on the ground. Wonder why they did not land in the field to begin with.


The field must have been pretty muddy and nasty. The nose gear sank in right up to the hull of the 'copter.
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Old 03-20-2011, 09:57 AM   #4819
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At least he got the line with the main rotor and not the tail rotor. That would've been reeeeeel ugly. A pedal turn into the wires??? A momentary laapse of concentraation.
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Old 03-20-2011, 09:58 AM   #4820
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I would of landed in the road like he did, but picked straight up when I left. If unable to do that, you back up and get a run. I have been in that same spot many times and can't figure why he decided he needed, or could turn to lift.
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:05 AM   #4821
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Today's lesson; Turns around the tail.
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:09 AM   #4822
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He was very lucky he "only" hit the telephone cable and NOT the 12,000volt conductors up at the top of the poles.
THAT would have been potentially (pun intended ) MUCH worse.
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Old 03-20-2011, 12:59 PM   #4823
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Poor selection of an LZ. Tight... overhead obstructions... tight road with deep ditch...

Notice the ground crew... so many in the open...

We set up lots of LZs. If a suitable location close to the site is not found, we have the patient packaged and in the box to move to a safer LZ site. When the aircraft is on short final and on departure, we stay behind the fire engine for protection in the event of a problem.

The pilot did a good job setting back down, but it could have easily balled up taking the crew, the patient and several of the ground crew as well.
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Old 03-20-2011, 01:02 PM   #4824
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At least he got the line with the main rotor and not the tail rotor. That would've been reeeeeel ugly. A pedal turn into the wires??? A momentary laapse of concentraation.
You meant that the other way, right? he did clip it with the tail.

Could've been much worse.
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Old 03-20-2011, 01:35 PM   #4825
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The main rotor blades struck the telephone line. When the line snapped, tension pulled the ends away from the aircraft and the tail rotor.

Had the tail rotor made contact, the blades would have most likely detached, and torque would have spun the aircraft.

At least the main rotor blades were in the same plain as the telephone line.

Had the tail rotor impacted, at 90 degrees to the telephone line, the resulting damage would have been much worse. A controlled landing would have been impossible.
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Old 03-20-2011, 01:53 PM   #4826
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http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-la...killed-066267/
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:16 AM   #4827
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I have to ask the question, even though its easy to have 20/20 hindsight etc- How this could happen?

I'm thinking that the pilot got in there, so he had to be aware of the poles and lines to his right.

Would it have been prudent/possible to have a spotter on the ground?
Maybe chat with one of the emergency crew on the ground before take off? Keep facing the same direction so he could see the lines to his right, gain some height, get above the trees, then turn?

I'm probably asking really amateur questions, but as someone thats just started doing this for real, I reckon its better to ask these dumb questions than make a dumb mistake and end up with a repair bill or worse.
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:57 AM   #4828
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Night auto onto a busy freeway. Hats off to the pilot for a safe landing!

Is it just me, or was that a loooong run-on?


He was going with the traffic. Maybe he kept the collective up for a gradual deceleration so that cars would have a little more time to slow down or at least soften in the impact of a read end collision?? Maybe.
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:39 AM   #4829
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:15 AM   #4830
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He was going with the traffic. Maybe he kept the collective up for a gradual deceleration so that cars would have a little more time to slow down or at least soften in the impact of a read end collision?? Maybe.
After I thought about it for a while I wondered that too. Perhaps, eh?
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