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#1 Goldy

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Posted 26 July 2008 - 20:37

47 made an emergency landing while crop dusting. Apparently the ship landed ok, breaking one skid. The pilot exited the aircraft and was killed by the main rotor striking him. This is really tragic, very experienced pilot....

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Posted 26 July 2008 - 21:14

News report came out the other day, still waiting to hear the full story.

appears to be an overloaded ag accident.
spinning wings are better than fixed.

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Posted 26 July 2008 - 21:25

I've seen reports on PPRUNE that it was the tail rotor, either way, very sad.

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Posted 27 July 2008 - 09:14

RIP, I guess when its your time, its just your time. :yikes:
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Posted 27 July 2008 - 19:35

RIP :(

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Posted 27 July 2008 - 22:42

His name was Mac McGraw and was a very dear friend of mine, he flew for the same company I currently do. I am having a verry difficult time dealing with his death. I was doing my preflight in the dark the day after and, it was the only time I have ever done a preflight with tears running down my face and hands trimbling. I just kept telling myself, shake it off man,Its time to go to work.
Here is what we think happend, He was taking off over very tall grass, setaside ground, and kills the hell out of lift. But this is not like Mac, he would ferry a long distance not to take off over corn that kills lift to. He had told his groundcrew that am. that the engine had a strange tone or something. Maby the combination of eng. not to full power and tall grass was even to much for the best Ag pilot.
We think that after he hit the ground shut it off and was walking away as it was windind down and wobiling like a lot of hel. do the upright that was broke folded.
The groundcrew reported that he was running to the hel. when he heard a (pop) That was my friends head being struck by the rotorblade
The blades were so low to the ground that the groundman had to wait until the blades stopped to look for him in the grass. Mac would have NEVER walked under the blades that low.
Mac Mcgraw, Navy Seal, Ag pilot, gone,but not forgotten.

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 11:24

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss spray. My prayers are with you, and the pilot's family and friends. RIP
"Should my end come while I am in flight..Whether brightest day or darkest night. Spare me no pity and shrug off the pain. Secure in the knowledge that I'd do it again..."

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 11:45

Man that's horrible. I'm sorry to hear about that.
In space, no one can hear you scream... but if you put a helicopter up there, some jerk would complain about the noise.

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 21:36

Mac Mcgraw, Navy Seal, Ag pilot, gone,but not forgotten.


Thanks for personalizing this. Like my original post said, very tragic.

For those that may not have flown a 47, there is not a rotor brake...the main rotor just winds down to a slow stop.

Spray pilot- you may want to start a post in the memory section of this forum.

Our thoughts are with the family.

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 21:38

I'll move this whole thread to the memorial section if it's agreed by those here
spinning wings are better than fixed.

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 21:41

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss spray. My prayers are with you, and the pilot's family and friends. RIP

Thank you

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 21:44

I'll move this whole thread to the memorial section if it's agreed by those here

OK good idea

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 21:54

Done
spinning wings are better than fixed.

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 17:27

RIP




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