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Goldy

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As usual, not a lot of details early on. Just heard the 44 went down and may have been involved in some sort of Haiti relief efforts.

 

Always hate to post when ships go down, hope we can all learn from it.

 

Fly safe,

 

Goldy

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"A news release from the Institute identified the dead Americans as James Jaloe and John Ward, but it failed to give more details about the men. Haitian and American officials said they had no further information about the men."

 

Sad day indeed, helping the people of Haiti, a selfless mission only to have this happen. Prayers go out to the family and friends of the pilots.

 

Rob

 

As usual, not a lot of details early on. Just heard the 44 went down and may have been involved in some sort of Haiti relief efforts.

 

Always hate to post when ships go down, hope we can all learn from it.

 

Fly safe,

 

Goldy

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Wow, really sad. DP, myself and another were trying to take a helicopter or two down to help out. Insurance became a factor keeping us from going. Really sad to see something like this happen.

 

yeah, kinda hit close to home didn't it..

 

dp

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yeah, kinda hit close to home didn't it..

 

dp

 

 

Wow, love to see people helping out in any way they can. I know if someone had a helicopter and offered me a flight to help out I would have taken it in a second. With the airport closed, that would have been the only effective way in and out.

 

So sorry for the families of these two honorable men.

 

Goldy

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"They had an engine failure on one here about three months ago," he told CNN in a telephone interview. "He done a reverse autorotation and set that thing down. No injuries. Four people, they walked away. He was a very good pilot."

 

can somebody tell me what is a 'reverse autorotation' :huh:

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I know if someone had a helicopter and offered me a flight to help out I would have taken it in a second. With the airport closed, that would have been the only effective way in and out.

 

I'm actually putting something together for these sorts of things in the future and will be posting about it in a week or so. I get asked to help out a couple of times a year. Usually fixed wing though. I did a bunch during Katrinia. Everytime its the same thing a mad rush to find an aircraft to fit the mission, deal with insurance, get personal stuff taken care of, and get ready to go. 80% of the time it doesn't pan out but the 20% that it does is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. There is nothing more satisfying that to help people in need. I had one woman I helped fly from New Orleans to DC for a job interview. She had everything she owned in a single suit case. Cried all the way to DC. We got her to the hotel when she go to DC and she got the job. I get a Christmas card from her every year. She calls me and my copilot her angels. Still one of the best things I ever did.

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