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Bad week for traffic helicopters July 30, 2007

Posted by daveintexas in Current Events.

I heard about this one all the way on my drive to Dallas this morning.

Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.


A Channel 4 Fox helicopter managed a controlled crash in Grand Prairie today, near Dallas.  The pilot, and two traffic reporters from KVIL-FM and KRLD-AM radio escaped with minor injuries.

Word is, they lost engine power, and pilot Curtis Crump was on his game, and successfully managed an autorotation landing, saving their lives.

I’m no pilot, but I am told autorotation is an emergency procedure practiced by helicopter pilots in the event of a loss of power emergency.  Essentially you use the downward drop of the airframe to spin the rotor, and then kick in the pitch to the blades “bite” the air, and slow your descent.

Curtis practiced well.



1. Retired Geezer - July 30, 2007

Flyin’ Brian was forced to do a full-down auto when he had an engine failure on one of the helicopters he was flying in Louisiana. He used to fly crews from the shore out to the oil platforms in the Gulf.
I think it was a Bell 222 or a 406. When he landed (with no damage) all the crew members jumped out and kissed the ground.

Pilots practice autorotations all the time. We just had a ‘hard landing’ here in Boise during a ‘full-down auto’. The helicopter hit hard and tipped over and broke stuff.

2. Retired Geezer - July 30, 2007

Hmmm… it said it didn’t post. Delete the first one please.

3. daveintexas - July 31, 2007

WordPress lies to me sometimes too.

4. Myron - July 31, 2007

I read this last night and made a post on my blog about the son of an acquaintance who had some helicopter fun in the late 60’s.

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