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Ship down in Swiss Alps


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Pilot was injured and later on flown out to the hospital.

 

http://www.blick.ch/news/schweiz/bern/heli-knallt-in-hightech-berghuette-148440

 

I know it is in German, but the picture speaks for its self.

The helo is/was a 1982 Aérospatiale SA-315 Lama. As of now, the cause is not known why the ship´s rotorblades touched the building.

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the cause is not known why the ship´s rotorblades touched the building.

 

I'm going out on a limb here, but my guess is the rotorblades touched due to the pilot flying too close to the building!

 

Never fails to amaze me why someone can't measure and mark a little spray painted X somewhere to keep accidents this simple from happening.

 

Oh well, the Lama needed some maintenance anyway..they always do!

 

Glad to hear no fatalities in this one.

 

Goldy

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It´s an helicopter of Air Zermatt. They are flying in one of the most spectacular landscape in Europe around the famous Matterhorn.

 

http://www.air-zermatt.ch/air_zermatt_2007_en/content/index1_EN.php

 

Their company flew all the parts for the new mountain hut last year ... great work!

 

Here a vid of a flight in their nice AStar ...

 

 

Greetings

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Wishing for a speedy recovery for the pilot!

 

...sorry for the thread creep, but...

 

..Their company flew all the parts for the new mountain hut last year ...

YIKES!!! :blink: Where did that space ship come from and what has become of the beautiful old stone Monte Rosa Hütte?? :(

 

That looks a lot like Cabane du Vélan, is this the trend in the Alps?! :huh:

 

HBrAxvp6_Pxgen_rc_500x333,500x333+0+0.jpg

 

Monte+Rosa+Hut.JPG

 

4465.jpg

 

...As of now, the cause is not known why the ship´s rotorblades touched the building...

uhhh... they might wanna look at this from FAA-H-8083-23 Seaplane, Skiplane, and Float/Ski Equipped Helicopter Operations Handbook

 

"...
glassy
...flat,featureless surface makes it far more difficult to gauge altitude accurately, and
reflections can create confusing optical illusions
."

They're talking about glassy water, but the effect is similar (worse?) and they go on to say the surface itself is invisible, and pilots may inadvertently judge distance by using features in the reflection as a reference, rather than the surface.

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