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Old 2nd Sep 2017, 10:11   #1 (permalink)
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Gwinnett police helicopter crashes at Briscoe Field, two officers injured

I happened to notice this whilst looking for something else, I don't see it mentioned here so posting a link.

Gwinnett police helicopter crashes at Briscoe Field, two officers injured
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Old 2nd Sep 2017, 13:48   #2 (permalink)


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Interesting angle in the reporting of the story:
"it’s unknown how far off the ground the helicopter was before it crashed"
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"It was unclear as of Friday evening whether 'Air One' can be repaired."

Its fairly clear from the photo, I would guess!

"its unknown how far off the ground the helicopter was before it crashed"

Very shortly before the crash, I reckon it would have been 1mm from the ground!
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"It was unclear as of Friday evening whether 'Air One' can be repaired."

Its fairly clear from the photo, I would guess!

Pah, nothing that can't be fixed with Duct Tape and a bit of glue...
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NTSB Preliminary Report

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... the pilot returned to LZU due to approaching weather conditions. While approaching the landing zone, the pilot noted a "strong wind gust" followed by a "sudden, uncommanded, violent, right yaw" and "what seemed to be an uncommanded climb." He applied cyclic and pedal inputs; however, the helicopter continued in a right spin for at least two full rotations until it impacted the ground.

Date & Time [of incident]: 09/01/2017, 1058 EDT
Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots, 190
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 1500 ft agl
Visibility: 7 Miles
Source: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdfgenerator/Re...=HTML&IType=LA

While the aircraft and MR system sustained significant damage, the TR and blades seem to be un-dented (see 3rd picture in link from OP). Pilot recovering well, but Copilot still paralyzed from waist down. :-(

Police Department just ordered a new 530F in replacement of the mishap helicopter (Gwinnett police helicopter crash: 1 officer may return to work soon and https://www.verticalmag.com/press-re...utm_content=V1).
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