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Thu Jan 10, 2019, 05:23 PM

A person was decapitated by helicopter at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport

Clearly protocols were violated

https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-citrus-hernando/death-investigation-underway-after-incident-near-airport-in-hernando-county

A death investigation is underway in Hernando County after a person was decapitated by a helicopter at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport.

According to Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis, they received a call for help around 3:35 p.m. on Thursday.

When deputies arrived, they found a person dead near a hanger on airport property located along Flight Path Drive in Brooksville.

The identity of the victim has not released. Investigators are in the process of notifying next of kin.

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I can't imagine that phone call. I feel it for the family.


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Reply A person was decapitated by helicopter at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport (Original post)
malaise Jan 10 OP
Marcuse Jan 10 #1
Hokie Jan 10 #2
malaise Jan 10 #3
samnsara Jan 10 #4
malaise Jan 10 #5
Roland99 Jan 10 #7
flotsam Jan 10 #6

Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 05:29 PM

1. https://www.quora.com/Why-do-people-duck-when-getting-off-a-helicopter

Always keep your head down when approaching or leaving the helicopter.
Always stay within the pilot’s field of view and maintain eye contact.
Never move towards the tail rotor or any exhaust.
Never touch the helicopter or sling cable before it has landed or touched the ground.
Always wear your seat belt.
Always latch the seat belt AFTER you get up to leave the aircraft.
If the doors are on, make sure they’re fully closed and latched.
Never exit the aircraft and walk uphill away from it!
If the terrain is uneven, the pilot may indicate that you stay close to the fuselage and remain there as he lifts off.
If you’re not getting on, getting off or loading/unloading the aircraft, you have no business being close to it.
Stay well outside the rotor area whenever the helicopter is landing or taking off.
Use eye protection - always.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 05:43 PM

2. Small helicpopters can tip over in high winds too

I read of an incident a few years ago where the pilot was walking away from a small helicopter and a gust of wind tipped it in his direction. That's all it took.

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Response to Hokie (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 05:49 PM

3. Excellent point

We'll find out what happened here.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 05:59 PM

4. i still remember that incident with Vic Morrow and the 2 kids.....

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Response to samnsara (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 06:03 PM

5. That was literally

The Twilight Zone - awful

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Response to samnsara (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 07:15 PM

7. Was just gonna reply with that

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 07:14 PM

6. About 99% of the time

It's tail rotor strikes...

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