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DrHouse
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Posted: 10/12/2012 12:56:10 PM
[Last Edit: 10/12/2012 12:57:20 PM by DrHouse]
I searched for "crash" no threads came up...

http://www.ksat.com/news/3-dead-in-Northern-Kendall-County-helicopter-crash/-/478452/16964026/-/o53alpz/-/index.html

Looks like an R44 went down in my area and took its 3 occupants with it. Not too many more details yet.

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Posted: 10/12/2012 1:00:13 PM
I don't know about down there, but up here in DFW we've had a lot of low clouds and fog the last few mornings. I wonder if weather was a factor.
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Posted: 10/12/2012 1:10:58 PM
Bad way to die.


Check out the news channel's generic helicopter graphic.

Blackhawk is <>= to R44



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Posted: 10/12/2012 1:24:44 PM
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Oh shit. I have an old friend in San Antonio who has an R44. Off to find out more info . . .

ETA: Not him

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Posted: 10/12/2012 1:34:28 PM
Good old R44. All the leg room, half the power.
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Posted: 10/12/2012 1:34:30 PM
Not good. Yes, it was super foggy in dfw yesterday.
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Posted: 10/12/2012 2:00:35 PM
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Yeah I was going to say something about that too. Generic helo is generic.

R44's rotor discs are pretty light (therefore don't conserve large amounts of energy), and I imagine autorotation in one of them fully loaded is pretty fucking horrifying. I'm sure a helo pilot could chime in on the difficulty of managing energy in such a small helo on an emergency descent.
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