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Posted: 10/12/2012 7:56:10 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/12/2012 7:57:20 AM EST by DrHouse]
I searched for "crash" no threads came up...


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

Edit to make link hot.
Link Posted: 10/12/2012 8:00:13 AM EST
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.
Link Posted: 10/12/2012 8:10:58 AM EST
Bad way to die.

Check out the news channel's generic helicopter graphic.

Blackhawk is <>= to R44

Link Posted: 10/12/2012 8:24:44 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/12/2012 8:30:29 AM EST by BlammO]
Oh shit. I have an old friend in San Antonio who has an R44. Off to find out more info . . .

ETA: Not him

Link Posted: 10/12/2012 8:34:28 AM EST
Good old R44. All the leg room, half the power.
Link Posted: 10/12/2012 8:34:30 AM EST
Not good. Yes, it was super foggy in dfw yesterday.
Link Posted: 10/12/2012 9:00:35 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/12/2012 9:29:26 AM EST by DrHouse]

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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