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Helicopter crash at King Power

Fox Fan

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Seems unbelievable that such a new and well maintained aircraft should have such a simple and catastrophic failure.

Obviously completely without any knowledge, but you would imagine that checking those parts, as critical as they are, would be part of the standard service routine.
 

Graz

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The best news you could hope for really. Good news in the circumstance.

Seems strange to be happy for any news in this situation but the headline I saw said it was no ones fault and nothing the pilot could've done. It was a horrific accident and you don't want a person at blame, particularly from the family's perspectives.

May their surviving families mourn in peace, without any added aspect of guilt.
 

Volpone

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I've spent some time ever since the crash on the helicopter website that Jeff mentioned, reading the views of those who work in the industry.

It seems the most haunting aspect is that the failure in the tail rotor link mechanism occurred at the worst possible moment.

Had it failed when a few feet off the ground there could have been survivors. Had it failed at higher altitude in full flight, the pilot could have had a chance of bringing it down safely.

The odds of it happening when and where it did are just unreal. It really is a cruel world.
 

camberwell fox

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I've spent some time ever since the crash on the helicopter website that Jeff mentioned, reading the views of those who work in the industry.

It seems the most haunting aspect is that the failure in the tail rotor link mechanism occurred at the worst possible moment.

Had it failed when a few feet off the ground there could have been survivors. Had it failed at higher altitude in full flight, the pilot could have had a chance of bringing it down safely.

The odds of it happening when and where it did are just unreal. It really is a cruel world.
Yes, from what I’ve read the pilot (if he has altitude) can initiate a stall of the main rotor then put the copter into a dive and then the rotors will spin to combat the loss of balance.

He then needs to pull up the nose at the last moment to make it stall again and land.

Doesn’t sound great no matter the scenario.
 
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