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The pilot's inadequate preflight planning due to his selection of an unsuitable takeoff area and his failure to maintain clearance from the open hangar door. A contributing factor was the open hangar door.

 

I like the part when the camera operator looks at him and says "Ride's over huh?"

 

So the kid bumped the controls eh'? Well I dont proffess to be an expert by any stretch of inagination but I know if someone accidently hit the controls in the plane and put it in a critical situation I wouldnt just let it drift. Sad part is had he A. Shut the hangar door or B. Moved the R44 out another 5 or 10ft he might be in the clear.

 

I suppose it is all hindsight but it doesnt look like the NTSB inspectors were confident in his story.

 

Cole

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Pretty shocking that he lied so badly considering there was videotape of the incident. Imagine how rotten and pissed off the kid must feel if he knew the pilot blamed it on him, but as stated above the NTSB report shows that the claim isn't believed.

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Is it just me or does the distance between hangar and heli seem less than 35'? That distance seems more appropo to where the heli ultimately came to rest after the door/main-rotor strike. And IF the "counterweight portion of the cyclic" is that sensitive, why would a child be entrusted to take the cojo seat? Amazing no one was hurt worse for such a hard landing. :mellow: Done being "armchair cynic" now; sorry Ryan! :rolleyes:

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I actually had sympathy for the guy when I first saw the video. I mean it could happen to anyone, right? Lets be realistic! But then I read Elvises reply "excuse here". I went from "bad break dude" to you screwed up big time, assh-le!! Trying to foist the blame for your screw-up on the passenger is not good form!! Joick!!

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You know, accidents happen. It's one thing to have an accident but to blame it on the passenger, not cool. :down:

Accidents do happen, although we are learning more and more about the "chain of events" each year. In this situation, over the years I have come to know a truck load of Ops Mgrs, Chief Pilots, Engineers and other pilots that would have carved me a new one had I ever attempted a take off, infront of the hanger, with the hanger doors open. If not only to prevent what took place here, but to protect the contents of the hanger. And then to lay blaim on the door steps of a passanger, a small child at that. Well, who was PIC??? :down:

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One must remember that:

 

(1) to pass exams for your flying license or driver's license requires ONLY that "you meet the minimum acceptable standards and pass marks that are established". That's why we all witness driver's/pilot's who demonstrate that they "just" met the minimum acceptable standards and that we are NOT all equal just because we passed a certain series of tests. That is one of the reasons that I feel much more safer in the air because anything under 5 miles is considered "a near miss". :lol:

 

(2) It's very possible that this was "just the first time he was caught".......and that he was "well-practiced" at disregarding open hangar doors before all this.........just not his own, that's all.

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