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Helicopter Down Near Wollongong

Old 21st Mar 2013, 02:44
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Helicopter Down Near Wollongong

4 dead no other details.
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Old 21st Mar 2013, 02:47
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From SMH.com.au

Four people have been killed in a helicopter crash at Bulli Tops in Wollongong’s northern suburbs.
Police, paramedics and firefighters are heading to Panorama House where the helicopter crashed just after midday.
A NSW Ambulance spokesman said there were ‘‘multiple’’ fatalities.
Panorama House is a function centre set on a cliff overlooking the Illawarra, and is popular among wedding parties.
The chopper that crashed is believed to have been carrying a wedding party. One of those killed is believed to be a child
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Read more: Wollongong helicopter crash kills four

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Old 21st Mar 2013, 02:59
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It's an R44.

Poor people.
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Old 21st Mar 2013, 08:40
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Wind gust then struck trees and went down
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Old 21st Mar 2013, 10:31
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There are already two other threads running in this topic one of them only a few below this one.

http://www.pprune.org/pacific-genera...ulli-tops.html
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Old 21st Mar 2013, 11:05
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There are already two other threads running in this topic
Correct!

But this one was up before the others!

Saw some footage on the news tonight. It looks reasonably intact. Damn shame!
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Old 21st Mar 2013, 11:45
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looks almost identical to the one at jaspers, could have been survivable, but sadly fire took hold.
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Old 21st Mar 2013, 12:32
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it looks reasonably intact
Are we talking about the same wreck here?

http://www.pprune.org/rotorheads/510...ch-2013-a.html

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Old 21st Mar 2013, 12:37
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yep, same one.
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Old 21st Mar 2013, 12:43
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Poor bastards. I hope they were gone before the fire.
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Old 21st Mar 2013, 15:12
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Rip. similar accident to the 2011 crash at YCNK. I've flown Over 1000hrs in an 44 and will never step a foot in one ever again in this death trap.

Rip. and condolences to the families it's another sad day.
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Old 22nd Mar 2013, 00:47
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I hope they were gone before the fire.
According to reports, the pilot extracted himself.


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Old 22nd Mar 2013, 12:19
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I've flown Over 1000hrs in an 44 and will never step a foot in one ever again in this death trap.
Care to explain why?
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Old 22nd Mar 2013, 22:12
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SB - 78B - fitment of fuel bladders.

Both survived the crash at Jasper's Brush which happened when the pilot attempted to close a sprung open door when he was only Six feet off the ground. The tail rotor struck the ground.

They didn't survive the fire.

CASA only "strongly recommended" compliance with 78b.

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Old 22nd Mar 2013, 22:27
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Owners would be screaming if CASA forced the AD due to the cost that would effectively ground some operators.

Basically, don't fly one without them. If this heli didn't have them fitted it will be an interesting discussion.
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I never heard a good word said about them
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I don't know a lot about choppers other than the toy ones I play with but the risk of an unfortunate outcome due engine failure for me personally would be to high, each to their own I guess.
I've flown both and can categorically say that when all the noise stops you're safer in a helicopter in auto than a FW in a glide mate...(zero fwd speed/zero vertical Speed v 150km fwd speed zero vertical speed on TD) with practice you can do a precision auto in some very very tightspots as opposed to needing a runway size paddock.

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Old 24th Mar 2013, 01:33
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Explosafe..

Since this type of fatal accident has been ongoing ever since Robbos were invented its got me stuffed why these tanks are NOT fitted with the aluminium foam that prevents rapid onset of an explosive fire.

Dont know if there have been any accidents with the new bagged tanks, but if they get ripped open or ruptured, the result will be the same as the Bulli tragedy.

The foam weighs very little, the tank fuel volume is reduced by a only a litre or so...and the safety benefit is ENORMOUS.

But we have an Authority that's primary interest is "safety" to do all this for us dont we...Que?
WTF.

Read the techo details for yourself and make up yr own mind.

I believe in Canada you cannot buy an empty container for fuel to put in yr car..it has to have the ali foam within.
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Old 24th Mar 2013, 04:54
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judging by the news images, i am more inclined to believe it was a tree strike.
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