Aviation News


Chopper Pilot Nearly Becomes Eligible for Darwin Award

More articles by »
Written by: admin
Tags: , , , , ,

A Florida helicopter pilot somehow went home with only a broken arm after attempting an extraordinarily stupid maneuver with his Robinson R-22 (reg N324GS) and failing miserably.

A Robinson R22, similar to the one which wrecked. Photo by mwboeckmann

A Robinson R22, similar to the one which wrecked. (Photo by mwboeckmann)

According to a report on the helicopter site VTOLBLOG, the man made an emergency landing on an uninhabited island in the Florida Keys last Saturday to examine the tail rotor, which he suspected was experiencing mechanical problems.

From the NTSB initial report:

After landing, he reduced the throttle to “70 percent,” exited the helicopter, and began a visual inspection as the helicopter continued to run.

Remember the part in the last sentence when it said the throttle was at 70% when he hopped out? Yeah, without the weight of the pilot, and without securing the collective, that was enough for the chopper to lift off again by itself.

NTSB again:

During the inspection, the helicopter initiated a takeoff, which the pilot could not arrest from outside the cockpit. The helicopter climbed to approximately 150 feet altitude and flew about 1,800 feet before it descended and collided with water.

The pilot apparently attempted to climb back into the chopper as it floated off the ground, but was forced to let go over water, possibly from as high as 50 feet, which is how he broke his arm.

Captain Awesome (his real name has not been released) was rescued by a passing boat, while the seven-year-old helicopter will be fished out by the Coast Guard. Perhaps he went to flight school with this guy:

About the Author



United ops at Newark Airport. (Photo by InSapphoWeTrust via Flickr, CC-BY-SA)

United Airlines Worker Struck By Baggage Cart At Newark Airport

A United Airlines employee sustained serious injuries Sunday morning after being pinned by a cart carrying luggage at Newark Airport.
by Jessica Calefati, NJ.com

Crash site along the River Thames in London. (Map by NYCAviation/Google Maps)

London Pedestrian Died Of Burns In Helicopter Crash

A pedestrian caught up in the London helicopter crash died from severe burns, police said Friday.
by AFP


A construction crane at St. George Wharf Tower stands crippled after being hit by a helicopter in London. (Photo by David Holt via wikimedia, CC-BY-SA)

Two Killed As Helicopter Hits Tower Crane In Central London

Two people were confirmed dead after a helicopter crashed in London on Wednesday.
by BNO News

A Columbia Helicopters Boeing Vertol BV-234 Chinook helicopter (N241CH) seen in Peru. (Photo by Columbia Helicopters)

Seven Killed As American Helicopter Crashes In Peru

Five Americans were among the seven killed when a Columbia Helicopters BV-234 Chinook went down in central Peru.
by BNO News

East River Helicopter Crash map. (Map by NYCAviation/Google Maps)

East River Crash Helicopter Was Overweight: NTSB

A Bell 206B helicopter may have been overloaded when it crashed and killed three people in 2011.
by admin


  • Question:

    Was Capt. Awesome going to do a physical touch inspection of the tail rotor assembly?


    Good thing the chopper left without him…

  • Scott

    This is why you don't sleep with your sister.

  • Hello
    guys, I would love to share this post on my blog, can I do it?

    Star Hotels in Dubai

  • Not
    sure why this page is taking too long in loading, please enhance the speed of
    your website. Thanks

    Dubai Furnished

  • Not
    sure why this page is taking too long in loading, please enhance the speed of
    your website. Thanks

    Dubai Furnished