Bad week for traffic helicopters July 30, 2007Posted by daveintexas in Current Events.
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.