View Full Version : Slightly OT, What was this helo pilot thinking?

11-13-2007, 04:38 PM
Or drinking?


11-13-2007, 05:03 PM
Same think as this hilo flier;

11-13-2007, 05:21 PM

11-13-2007, 05:36 PM
Looking at the way he suddenly drops, the rotor flexes and changes rpm, he might have lost an engine/power and tried to taxi to safety. *shrugs*

11-13-2007, 05:52 PM
I think this was ego kicking in guys...ok he f'd up, ok he hit the water...and ended up floating there...thats when he should have cut his losses and bailed out, not tried to be macho man and take off again to save his ego http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

I guess pride told him to salvage the situation, me I would have run like a biatch once I was down safe.. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif

Hope all were saved.

11-13-2007, 05:55 PM
Helicopters are just plain more dangerous than fixed wingers. Look at how many crash in Iraq and Afganistan. When I lived in Boise, Idaho a couple of years back the lady I rented a room from had a son that was killed in a helo crash in Alaska. He had been flying them for years but his luck ran out. There have been several crashes here in Utah in the last few months, both military and civilian.

11-13-2007, 07:44 PM
from my understanding the heli pilot in the first vid had drowned, trying to get the others out first. he lost power in one of the engines.

i just saw this somewhere last night(here?) and a lot of responses said something along those lines.

11-14-2007, 01:13 AM
I`ve seen Ch-47`s taxi in the water. Pherhaps he was trying to do the same.

11-14-2007, 07:39 AM
It looks to be an Mi-14 Haze in that vid.It's designed to make water landings,although I hear that its not very safe to do so in them.The Polish use them for ASW and SAR and have restricted how often they do water landings.Atleast thats what I read in "Air Forces Monthly" magazine.

11-14-2007, 07:59 AM
looking at the video of the Russian one he was trying to do a practice hovering autorotation into the water. also looks like he misjudged the height as well.

Look at the coning of the blades prior to impact and the fact that he keeps the nose absolutely straight (if he had an engine failure the nose would have yawed right IIRC ( for clockwise rotating rotors). Also look at the tail boom flex on impact and it looks like its significantly down from hovering flight. Looks like the tail boom was damaged on impact as well.

Then, after landing, he goes back to full RPM, again watch the rotor system spin up, so it's not an engine failure. At least it appears be goes back to full rpm; if one of the engines quite he wouldn't have tried to take off. Heck he could have water taxied over to the ship on one engine.

As for the Bell guy and the boat, well, that was just stupidity.

11-14-2007, 08:05 AM
"What was this helo pilot thinking?"

He was probably thinking:

"OK, not a problem. Everything`s all right. All I need to do is raise the collective... ..."

That said, I am sorry if he drowned trying to get people out. My respects for him and his family.