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Puma crash video - anyone know anything about it?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2006 10:37 pm    Post subject: Puma crash video - anyone know anything about it? Reply with quote

Greetings all!

I was looking for the section where Ned and others usually post info on helicopter accidents or accident reports, and I can see there doesn't appear to be a dedicated section for that since the site redesign.

Anyway, I've just been emailed video footage of a (apparently) French Puma coming in for landing with troops sitting in the doorway. As it flares for landing, the tail rotor is out of frame, so you can't see what happens there. Just after the flare, as the wheels touch, the helicopter begins pirouetting, eventually striking the tail on the ground and rolling over on its side, throwing a soldier out along the way. Does anyone know anything about this? I have no idea how old the video is.

Obviously the assumption would be tail rotor ground strike in the flare (I think I caught a glimpse of a rather flat-looking stinger at the tail), but if anyone knows any specifics I'd be interested to know what happened. I sure hope everyone got out, it didn't look fun. Sad
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is this the one ?

http://www.break.com/index/militaryhelicrash.html
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, that's the one.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi bladeslap,

We have two safety forums now - The Safety Sheet which is for military safety, incidents and accident reports, and Flight Safety which is the civil version. As we have divided the main forum sections into civil and military, this should make it easier to find the discussions you are looking for - once you've got used to the new layout anyway! Hope this helps. I have moved this topic to "The Safety Sheet".

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2006 2:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Sarah - I stumbled upon the new sections after the fact. Embarassed I'll have to have a good look around and get re-aquainted with the site! Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2006 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That video, along with quite a few other spectacular heli videos are included on this link www.griffin-helicopters.co.uk/videos/ (which I think has been posted before) !
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2006 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is from what I have read elsewhere a French military helicopter. I have located the original link to the video which is somewhat larger and less grainy - large to recognize that a crewman has jumped clear the the craft and is running from it - away and center behind.

http://www.compfused.com/directlink/1091/

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