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AH1 Cobra Crash on Top Gear Korea


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Wait...he's solo and flying it from the front? Is that right?

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http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=20120217X34147&key=1

 

The pilot initiated a right 150 to 180 degree turn reaching about 200 feet above the ground. He was attempting to neutralize the controls in preparation for a normal approach for landing when he realized the controls were "locked and unmovable in any direction." The pilot stated that the helicopter remained in the same rate of turn with the same collective pitch and cyclic input as when he had initiated the turn. The helicopter maintained the same arc through the turn and descent until it impacted the ground. The pilot further stated that he was reaching to activate the emergency hydraulic switch at impact.

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It sounds like a dual HYD failure. Which is rare. Only time I've heard of a dual HYD failure was two guys getting their hydraulics shot out early in the Iraq war. I'm not familiar with the F model HYD system either and whether or not it has 3 systems like the current W model does. Glad everyone made it out okay.

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No one thinks he was settling with power, sideways? He's flying at 100+ kts after crossing the finish line, and after he's turned about 90 degrees to the right, his airspeed is nearly zero. I would think the deceleration during his U-turn while he was sideways got him to operate in his own downwash and made the controls unresponsive. What do you think?

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Look at the liveleak footage from back in march.

The audio alone tells the story.

 

(edited for clarity). the liveleak footage that was shared and still available via liveleak, provides cockpit video and audio. Its pretty self explanatory.

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