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Just had an interesting stat come by my desk about sling load accidents. As per Eurocopter 41% of sling load accidents are from the longlines contacting the tail rotor. Now.....yesterday I might have scoffed at this as being silly BUT one of our pilots had a tarp inside a net that was apprently secured by an "experinced load builder" and when he got a bit of A/S the tarp opened up like a parachute and came too close to the tail.

As summer is here and more aircraft are slinging remember, the small things can literally bite your tail. :shock:

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Just had an interesting stat come by my desk about sling load accidents. As per Eurocopter 41% of sling load accidents are from the longlines contacting the tail rotor. Now.....yesterday I might have scoffed at this as being silly BUT one of our pilots had a tarp inside a net that was apprently secured by an "experinced load builder" and when he got a bit of A/S the tarp opened up like a parachute and came too close to the tail.

As summer is here and more aircraft are slinging remember, the small things can literally bite your tail. :shock:

 

hmmmmmmm do you mean longlines or.... 'sling or cargo attached to the hook, striking the helicopter'

 

i read it the otherway and figure it was more likely to heppen with a shortline in place i am pretty sure they aren't refering to just longline opperations

 

but then again i could be out to lunch

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I shall clarify...

 

"the sling or cargo attached to the hook, striking the helicopter"

"the main reasons are either an abrupt dive maneuver or bursting of the bag which behaves like a parachute when empty" :(

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