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You know, that kid probably got a safety briefing pretty much like the one I got the first time I got on a helicopter. No one had to tell me twice to stay away from the blades. When we transitioned to Blackhawks from Hueys, it was disconcerting having to approach from a 45-degree angle from the rear, instead of from the front. Of course, the main rotor can spin as low as one meter from the ground in the front of the helo, on a Blackhawk.

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11 minutes ago, Eric said:

You know, that kid probably got a safety briefing pretty much like the one I got the first time I got on a helicopter. No one had to tell me twice to stay away from the blades. When we transitioned to Blackhawks from Hueys, it was disconcerting having to approach from a 45-degree angle from the rear, instead of from the front. Of course, the main rotor can spin as low as one meter from the ground in the front of the helo, on a Blackhawk.

No kidding.  I hate being anywhere near the tail rotor, and at 6'1", I ALWAYS duck under the main rotor on approach.   Call me crazy, IDGAF.

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You have no idea how many people that really do know better will walk into a tail rotor. I cant tell you how many I have grabbed by the collar.

I would have loved to had this on the helideck stairs. LOL

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We crashed in a CH-46. Bad fuel. Lost the engines and he did a good autorotation but we hit straight down real hard. Just flattered the bottom and crushed the landing gear.

The spookiest thing was stopping guys from getting out while the rotors were still spinning. The blades were bouncing from hitting the ground. We couldn’t see them but we could hear them shredding the bushes. 

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10 hours ago, jfost11 said:

Apparently there's some differing reports on how it happened. 

https://www.yahoo.com/news/jack-fenton-sister-briton-killed-123359981.html

Sister in grief. Yes, seemingly smart people will ignore cautionary statements. Young uns are the absolute worst. I would see it near every day in some aspect or another.

People ain't smart, and don't let anyone convince you otherwise. I had several argue over their being able to do what they want on the deck. They never returned.

 

 

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2 hours ago, LostinTexas said:

Sister in grief. Yes, seemingly smart people will ignore cautionary statements. Young uns are the absolute worst. I would see it near every day in some aspect or another.

People ain't smart, and don't let anyone convince you otherwise. I had several argue over their being able to do what they want on the deck. They never returned.

 

 

I blame her for not being a better sister

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11 hours ago, geeorge said:

I blame her for not being a better sister

Well, the way the article reads, she wasn't there. Your observation may have merit. Had she been there, she might have knocked some sense into him.

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13 hours ago, LostinTexas said:

Sister in grief. Yes, seemingly smart people will ignore cautionary statements. Young uns are the absolute worst. I would see it near every day in some aspect or another.

People ain't smart, and don't let anyone convince you otherwise. I had several argue over their being able to do what they want on the deck. They never returned.

 

 

I get all of that. But that article says someone who was with him said no instructions were given and it happened after getting out of the chopper, before reaching the lounge. The crew claims they were escorted to a private lounge, then he ran back out to the chopper alone. So who knows.

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1 hour ago, jfost11 said:

I get all of that. But that article says someone who was with him said no instructions were given and it happened after getting out of the chopper, before reaching the lounge. The crew claims they were escorted to a private lounge, then he ran back out to the chopper alone. So who knows.

That's even worse. Follow XX is instruction.

Big, loud, spinney thing is dangerous. It doesn't take a genius to figure it out. The crew did what they were supposed to, but entitlement took over. Well, from everything I've read.

That hurts every time. There are no excuses or justifications.  Loading and unloading aren't common for tourist type flights. We did it, but things were a lot different.

Third person accusations are not very reliable. It will be investigated to nauseum, since the Greeks are perusing a criminal homicide investigation, so might as well relax and wait for the results.

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