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Helicopter Down Chesapeake Bay off Kent Island Maryland

Old 25th May 2019, 23:22
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Originally Posted by SASless View Post
Had he stayed over land....or right along the shoreline....thus having good visible cues or at least the cues to realize he would be losing those cues....perhaps this might have been avoided.

A local flight in 400/3 conditions is not all that risky....for an experienced pilot.
With a 400' ceiling, just how high do you fly?

Now I've flown low over water before, but its one thing to be say 50 to 100 feet above the water on a nice sunny day, and quite another when there's a solid layer of grey a stone's throw right above your head!


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Old 26th May 2019, 06:37
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One witness stated that the weather was "cloudy and the fog was heavy." Another witness reported that the helicopter was "flying very low to the water in dense fog," before the accident occurred.
You can forget all the discussion about VFR limits when it's heavy/dense fog he came to grief in.
With a 400' ceiling, just how high do you fly?
Our company over water VFR limit was 350 feet clear of cloud and three kilometres vis, but the rider was IFR equipped with serviceable radar, RADALT, flight director with coupled autopilot. Once got a special VFR clearance from the tower of an international airline airport flying a three seat piston, got to about 100' and said a few profanities, immediate low, low level downwind and parked, one of those drizzly days where no cloud base was obvious, though vis was legal, just.
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Old 26th May 2019, 07:24
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cloudy misty day over water without IFR experience and proper equipped helicopter is playing russian roulette - just without knowing excatly, how much time left until you die.
I started my flying with the Navy - and was more than once happy, that IfR was part of the Syllabus, even so we operated 100 % „VFR“ over the water...
From „I can see a horizon“ to „Where the f... is the horizon“ between the grey sky and grey water was often just a glimpse of the eye.
I go along with Robbie, surprised, that he could rent that bird at that METAR with that „experience“ - but who knows, what he was telling them....
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