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Man Hit By Helicopter Blade In New Zealand  
User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 18
Posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 7599 times:
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A Coromandel man underwent major neurosurgery in Auckland Hospital this afternoon after he was hit in the head by a helicopter blade earlier today.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3523220a10,00.html

Very lucky man. The Coromandel is on the Eastern side of Auckland on the Hauraki Gulf. The Coromandel is a very popular summer holiday location.

[Edited 2005-12-26 10:17:02]

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User currently offlineBBJII From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 850 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 7476 times:

Airlifted to Hospital.....probably on the same Helicopter.


I hope he's ok....

 wave 



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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 7353 times:

Hope he's ok but it might be a good submission for the Darwin Awards this year.


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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 7289 times:

Lucky for sure.

Most helicopter rotor blades are symmetrical airfoils with a bit of angle of attack at any time including idling on the ground. It sounds as if he was smacked by the bottom-trailing edge of the blade instead of being chopped by the leading edge. I'll bet he was "dazed." Doubt if he was "disorientated." Disoriented maybe, and perhaps the writer was also struck by the blade.



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User currently offlineNZAA From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 7172 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 2):

For a Darwin award you must suffer a fatality or be removed from the gene pool

Travis



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User currently offlineBoeingfanyyz From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 7124 times:

Well, thats one way to ruin your day!!!
Cheers,
Boeingfanyyz  airplane 



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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 6973 times:
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Quoting BBJII (Reply 1):
Airlifted to Hospital.....probably on the same Helicopter.


I hope he's ok....

The Helicopter he was hit by is operated by Millers Helicopters, the company operating the sight-seeing service and is based in the Coromandel. The patient was taken to Waikato Hospital in Hamilton by Ambulance and then the Westpac Rescue Helicopter based in Hamilton took him to Auckland


User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6373 times:

Quoting NZAA (Reply 4):
For a Darwin award you must suffer a fatality or be removed from the gene pool

I swear I read one where the guy survived to get the award. Perhaps I am wrong but we should at least nominate him.



"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6338 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 7):
I swear I read one where the guy survived to get the award. Perhaps I am wrong but we should at least nominate him.

Yes, you can get removed from the gene pool and still live. Like the guy who cut his own balls off. But this is just a guy who had an accident with a helicopter, hardly Darwin Award material even if he had died.

Harry



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User currently offlineQantasA332 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1500 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6325 times:

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 3):
Doubt if he was "disorientated." Disoriented maybe, and perhaps the writer was also struck by the blade.

"Disorientated" is an alternate spelling (and pronunciation) of "disoriented" that is used down here in Australia and New Zealand.

-QantasA332


User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6313 times:

Quoting QantasA332 (Reply 9):
"Disorientated" is an alternate spelling (and pronunciation) of "disoriented" that is used down here in Australia and New Zealand.

English speaking country my ass!  biggrin 

Quoting Newark777 (Reply 8):
But this is just a guy who had an accident with a helicopter, hardly Darwin Award material even if he had died.

Very true.



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User currently offlineJetmek319 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 199 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6287 times:

Are haircuts really that expensive in NZ?
All seriousness aside, I hope he ends up OK. I don't think that there is an aspirin big enough for that one!



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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6274 times:
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Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 10):
Quoting QantasA332 (Reply 9):
"Disorientated" is an alternate spelling (and pronunciation) of "disoriented" that is used down here in Australia and New Zealand.

English speaking country my ass!

Don't even get me started on how American employers are sending their adult employees back to school for spelling and english lessons


User currently offlineTWAMD-80 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1006 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks ago) and read 6163 times:

Wow, that is nuts! I hope the fella is alright and recovers fully. Believe it or not, a moving rotor or prop can be difficult to pick up if you are too used to it (the noise) and/or if you are not careful.

TW



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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks ago) and read 6104 times:

Quoting 777ER (Reply 12):
Don't even get me started on how American employers are sending their adult employees back to school for spelling and english lessons

Don't get me started on it either. I work as a consultant and it scares me some of the resumes we get from folks looking for a job. We pride ourselves on our documentation and these peckerwoods don't even spellcheck their damn resumes! I finally got fed up with and called a guy out on it when giving him a technical interview.

Quoting TWAMD-80 (Reply 13):
Believe it or not, a moving rotor or prop can be difficult to pick up if you are too used to it (the noise) and/or if you are not careful.

I usually avoid the slightly darker area right in front of the turboprop or above me on a helo, especially if I hear said engine running. It's kept me alive so far.



"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
User currently offlineBBJII From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 850 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5518 times:

Quoting 777ER (Reply 6):
The Helicopter he was hit by is operated by Millers Helicopters, the company operating the sight-seeing service and is based in the Coromandel. The patient was taken to Waikato Hospital in Hamilton by Ambulance and then the Westpac Rescue Helicopter based in Hamilton took him to Auckland

From my basic knowledge of NZ...surley it would have been faster for the Ambulance to go straight to Auckland....south to Thames then route 2 to Auckland?

 wave 



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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 18
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5361 times:
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Quoting BBJII (Reply 15):
Quoting 777ER (Reply 6):
The Helicopter he was hit by is operated by Millers Helicopters, the company operating the sight-seeing service and is based in the Coromandel. The patient was taken to Waikato Hospital in Hamilton by Ambulance and then the Westpac Rescue Helicopter based in Hamilton took him to Auckland

From my basic knowledge of NZ...surley it would have been faster for the Ambulance to go straight to Auckland....south to Thames then route 2 to Auckland?

My guess for this is because it first wasnt knowen how serious he was and it wasnt thought serious cause of the little injury that was obvious on his neck. Going from the Coromandel to Auckland by Ambulance takes about 5 hours, while by Helicopter over the direct route over the Hauraki Gulf would take about 15-20 minutes. Evwn thou he went via Ambulance to hospital and then Helicopter a while later it still would be quicker by Ambulance and then Helicopter

A news report from today says "A spokesman for Auckland Hospital, where the man underwent neurosurgery on Monday, said he was in a "critical but stable" condition."

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3523994a11,00.html


User currently offlineStealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5688 posts, RR: 44
Reply 17, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5247 times:
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Quoting QantasA332 (Reply 9):
"Disorientated" is an alternate spelling (and pronunciation) of "disoriented" that is used down here in Australia and New Zealand

And incorrectly!!

Cheers

C



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