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Old 09-30-2013, 03:25 PM
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Pilot struck, killed by helicopter blade at Pennsylvania fair


http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/30/us/hel...ath/?hpt=hp_t2

By Janet DiGiacomo, CNN

updated 10:08 AM EDT, Mon September 30, 2013

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The pilot landed at the fair to refuel and let a relief pilot to take over
The blade struck him as he was reentering the chopper
He was a former military pilot with more than 50 years of flying experience

(CNN) -- A veteran helicopter pilot giving rides at a Pennsylvania town fair was killed after he was hit by the chopper's spinning rotor.

Carl R. Enlow, 69, landed the helicopter at the Bloomsburg Fair grounds Friday to re-fuel and to allow a relief pilot to take over.

He left the chopper and was re-entering to speak to the replacement pilot when he was struck by the rotor, the fair association said.

He was airlifted to a hospital, where he died.

Enlow, of Reading, Pennsylvania, was a former military helicopter pilot, with more than 50 years of flying experience, the fair board said.
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Old 09-30-2013, 04:02 PM
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I am sorry to hear this. I have never thought fueling or anything with spinning blades was a good idea.

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Old 09-30-2013, 06:04 PM
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Sad way to go . Looks like an Enstrom
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...icle-1.1471469

Apparently his hat blew off and he was retrieving it
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/pilot-k...-tried-2323311

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Old 09-30-2013, 06:46 PM
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I heard he was wearing a cap, and tried to reach up and catch it when it blew off. At work (offshore drilling rigs) you are not allowed to have or hold anything that can blow away.
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:48 PM
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I thought about posting this on the Old/Young pilot thread. This 69 year-old guy had 50 years of experience, with military too. Just goes to show how one slip...and you're toast.
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Old 10-01-2013, 01:42 AM
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So sorry for this family. Mr. Enlow died quickly I presume, and doing what he loved. No one's "fault" ... just an accident caused by split-second human instinct. His hat flying of was the equivalent to touching the hot stove, he subconsciously jerked his hand off the hot burner without time to think.

The Enstrom rotor must be a height that puts you right in the "danger zone" of being high enough to give you a false sense of safety, that it's too high to hit you but low enough to be a danger.

Many people have commented on how unsafe a Brantly is (much lower rotor) because the rotor is so low. It is actually safer in this respect, because YOU KNOW it's too low to be wandering around beneath while it is spinning. You or others NEVER come toward or leave the the helicopter cockpit unless the rotor is STOPPED.
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Old 10-01-2013, 01:59 AM
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Enstrom blades can droop a lot at low rpm , seeing as they were changing pilots that was likely the case ....
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So sorry to hear of this tragedy. Walking under a spinning rotor has always scared me.
I won't forget at Mentone a couple of years ago, just landed in my Helicycle, and the blades were coasting down. I fairly consistently watch for anyone approaching till my rotor is stopped, but for a few seconds as I was in my seat and looking down and to the right at something, some helicopter enthusiast pops his head in my left door and had some exciting comment. I rudely interrupted and asked "What are you doing under my spinning rotor. No one goes under my rotor" I snapped at him. This guy should have known better, but he didn't. My rotor is over your head, but barely, and all it would take is for say his hat to blow off, or to wave to someone, and there would be some carnage.

Now I am like an owl in that cabin until my rotor is stopped.

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Old 10-01-2013, 05:22 AM
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You may have seen this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLc_Qh0M898

The guy raises his hands in triumph while his wife was filming him and his hands were both chopped off by the spinning rotor and flew into the camera.

It's the same thing with a spinning prop...so many people just lose focus...just for a split second.


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So sorry to hear of this tragedy. Walking under a spinning rotor has always scared me.
I won't forget at Mentone a couple of years ago, just landed in my Helicycle, and the blades were coasting down. I fairly consistently watch for anyone approaching till my rotor is stopped, but for a few seconds as I was in my seat and looking down and to the right at something, some helicopter enthusiast pops his head in my left door and had some exciting comment. I rudely interrupted and asked "What are you doing under my spinning rotor. No one goes under my rotor" I snapped at him. This guy should have known better, but he didn't. My rotor is over your head, but barely, and all it would take is for say his hat to blow off, or to wave to someone, and there would be some carnage.

Now I am like an owl in that cabin until my rotor is stopped.

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Old 10-01-2013, 11:25 AM
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That video is a fake an R-44 blades are way way up. But a Bell 205,206,407 ,47 , Enstroms heck lots of moving parts on lots of helicopters to get mixed up in, Just be aware of all the moving parts & be careful.
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Glad to hear it...would be awful otherwise. Good warning film.

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That video is a fake an R-44 blades are way way up. But a Bell 205,206,407 ,47 , Enstroms heck lots of moving parts on lots of helicopters to get mixed up in, Just be aware of all the moving parts & be careful.
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Our local news channel said that he was killed by the tail rotor.
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Old 10-01-2013, 01:21 PM
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This rotor strike fatality is part of my company's helicopter ops training...WARNING...very grusome.
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Chuck...
I think the point has been made...serious stuff!
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:12 AM
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The take away for me is how many of these type accidents (prop & rotor) are highly experienced pilots (military & civilian). Perhaps we become too complacent. I think non-pilots are duly scared to death even being around either one. We seem to lose our fear when we shouldn’t (although some develop them).

It's like the first martial arts demo I saw up close...very scary until I started to learn to spin those nunchucks (only because it looked cool)…then they were no big deal...until you popped yourself in the head a couple of times.




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