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143 This story is located somewhere in the bush north of Hughenden - Queensland - Australia2'2.77"E

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 "The Understatement"



Some pilots are such cool dudes - fazed by nothing.


I'm amazed by this one - circa 1987/88


"TC" he said on the phone; "The engine started running rough, probably due to a fouled spark plug, so I found a clearing, hovered above it at tree top level and shut the throttle to autorotate into it.

Can you send up a maintenance engineer to have a look at the skid gear as it looks like its got a bend in it."




Wow - what a cool dude!


No mention of what the engineer eventually found - the passenger in hospital with a compressed spine because the landing was so hard that he went down vertically through the seat and hit the underbelly skin.

No mention of the engine resting on the ground because of the completely collapsed skid gear rear cross tube and bent skid tube uprights.

No mention of the big crack and torn metal between the seat fronts and instrument panel where the machine had split in half.

No mention of the buckled airframe on the left hand side above the orange stripe.

No mention of the bubble popping out.

No mention of the big gap in front of the main transmission fairing where it had been buckled out of shape by impacting on the cabin roof/firewall.


At least the main Rotor Blades where undamaged due their very low RPM when the helicopter smacked flat and vertically onto the ground.


I still shake my head in wonder when I recall this one - wondering how he missed telling me about all the extra broken bits when he phoned in.... but more importantly his complete lack of understanding what to do in any perceived emergency.

Probably the result of delayed shock....... no!

True Story




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