Video: Moron Flying a Helicopter

Bryan D

Registered User
Joined
May 30, 2004
Posts
229
Total Time
45 yrs
Ya gotta laugh

http://www.zianet.com/dohnal/downloads/helocrash.wmv


NTSB Identification: LAX87LA190 .
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35617.
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 26, 1987 in RUBIDOUX, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 2/17/1989
Aircraft: HUGHES 269B, registration: N101DN
Injuries: 1 Minor.

A HUGHES 269B WENT OUT OF CONTROL AND COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND DURING A T/O TO A HOVER. THE PILOT HAD PURCHASED THE AIRCRAFT RECENTLY AND WAS LEARNING TO FLY IT. HE WAS SCHEDULED FOR HIS FIRST FLIGHT LESSON ON THE DAY OF THE ACCIDENT. THE CFI REPORTED THAT HE HAD TOLD THE STUDENT PILOT TO WAIT FOR HIM AND NOT TO TOUCH ANYTHING. WHILE WAITING FOR THE FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR, THE NON ROTORCRAFT RATED STUDENT PILOT STARTED THE AIRCRAFT, RAN IT UP TO FULL RPM, AND THEN BEGAN TO INCREASE THE COLLECTIVE PITCH CONTROL. THE HELICOPTER CLIMBED VERTICALLY TO A HIGH HOVER AND THE PILOT LOST CONTROL. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE HAD NOT RELEASED THE CYCLIC FRICTION BEFORE BECOMING AIRBORNE. THE PILOT INDICATED HE HAD ABOUT500 HOURS OF FLIGHT TIME BUT DID NOT SPECIFY THE TYPE AND NO SUBSTANTIATION OF THE TIME COULD BE MADE.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..DUAL STUDENT
JUDGMENT..POOR..DUAL STUDENT
VERTICAL TAKEOFF..UNCONTROLLED..DUAL STUDENT
INSTRUCTIONS,WRITTEN/VERBAL..DISREGARDED..DUAL STUDENT
 
Last edited:

Pugh

Droopy Member
Joined
Apr 24, 2004
Posts
192
Total Time
5
I'm glad he got nicked before he hurt somone besides himself. A true moron for sure.
 

EagleRJ

Are we there yet?
Joined
Nov 27, 2001
Posts
1,490
Total Time
5800
...would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when he got off the phone with his insurance company!

I bet he's still making payments today.
 

KigAir

Viva France!
Joined
Apr 7, 2002
Posts
575
Total Time
-3.14
Thanks. I've seen that video many times and read a few versions of the circumstances surrounding the flight but this is the first time I've seen the actual NTSB report.
 

Redmeat

People Mover
Joined
Aug 12, 2005
Posts
641
Total Time
Ubecha
I guess Darwin's law let that idiot slip thru. Hilarious.
 

Bryan D

Registered User
Joined
May 30, 2004
Posts
229
Total Time
45 yrs
The funny part would have been when his instructor arrived. Where is your helicopter? It's over there.
 

NYCPilot

Incorporated.
Joined
Nov 29, 2001
Posts
645
Total Time
.00001
Hysterical!
The vintage footage and commentary added to my laugh.
 

Swass

So long, America.....
Joined
Jan 10, 2003
Posts
2,015
Total Time
3,000+
"He just ate the big one."


LMFAO, even though I've seen it 200 times.
 

FlynChick

How about we flip for it
Joined
Apr 5, 2005
Posts
44
Total Time
enough
LOL, I'm going to show this to my pvt students next time they think they are ready, "yeah, you think you're ready, whatch this...he thought he was ready, too!"

THAT must have been embarassing
 

aLear31pilot

Fly it like it was stolen
Joined
Dec 12, 2004
Posts
95
Total Time
5,700
You just know that was some guy that just got a diploma from ERAU saying "He!!, this ain't nothin', one time I landed in a 7K crosswind. I can surely fly a helicopter" lol
 

trip

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 22, 2002
Posts
878
Total Time
11000
That's some funny stuff! LMAO! You can tell he just wants to get light on the skids, maybe lift it just an inch or two (kinda like being a little bit pregnant?). How about explaining that to the wife? So honey how did your first lesson go? Er Er Well, not so good Marge.
 
Top