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#1 tradford

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 13:04

Just heard from my flying buddy that the Gwinnett County Sheriff's MD500 had a mishap at the airport this morning. Both pilots survived with injuries and the bird is a loss. Our helicopter service operates across the runway and I can't tell how many times I've marveled at that little black jewel doing flight maneuvers. Apparently their injuries aren't life threatening, but little has been disclosed so far.

 

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#2 500F

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 16:50

The 500 is very likely the most crash-worthy aircraft ever built. If you land it on the skids, your odds are darn good regardless of any other factors.

 

He hit hard enough to pull both gear legs out of the keel beam. ouch.



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Posted 02 September 2017 - 07:40

Glad they are ok.  Interested to see the cause of this.


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Posted 29 September 2017 - 00:14

officer Mclain treated and released,  Corporal Duncan transferred to atlanta spine center for treatment. He is paralysed from the waist down and no word of prognosis. I cant find any report preliminary or other wise. 

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 http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/gwinnett-county/survivor-of-gwinnett-police-helicopter-crash-now-paralyzed/614526357 


just a newb trying to absorb as much info as possible.


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Posted 29 September 2017 - 19:57

The whole incident was caught on video. I saw a copy of it right after it happened. It was scary seeing the ship hit the ground at such a high speed.



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Posted 09 October 2017 - 10:54

The preliminary report seems to indicate some sort of t/R drive failure. If so, that would be extremely rare, I don't believe in the hundreds of 500 crashes I've read I can think of a single instance of drive failure. 






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