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Man Hit By Helicopter Blade In New Zealand

Mon Dec 26, 2005 6:15 pm

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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RE: Man Hit By Helicopter Blade In New Zealand

Mon Dec 26, 2005 9:17 pm

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


I hope he's ok....

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RE: Man Hit By Helicopter Blade In New Zealand

Mon Dec 26, 2005 11:27 pm

Hope he's ok but it might be a good submission for the Darwin Awards this year.
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RE: Man Hit By Helicopter Blade In New Zealand

Tue Dec 27, 2005 12:13 am

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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RE: Man Hit By Helicopter Blade In New Zealand

Tue Dec 27, 2005 3:19 am

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 2):

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

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RE: Man Hit By Helicopter Blade In New Zealand

Tue Dec 27, 2005 3:48 am

Well, thats one way to ruin your day!!!
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RE: Man Hit By Helicopter Blade In New Zealand

Tue Dec 27, 2005 9:16 am

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
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RE: Man Hit By Helicopter Blade In New Zealand

Tue Dec 27, 2005 2:24 pm

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.
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RE: Man Hit By Helicopter Blade In New Zealand

Tue Dec 27, 2005 2:33 pm

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.

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RE: Man Hit By Helicopter Blade In New Zealand

Tue Dec 27, 2005 2:37 pm

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.

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RE: Man Hit By Helicopter Blade In New Zealand

Tue Dec 27, 2005 2:41 pm

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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RE: Man Hit By Helicopter Blade In New Zealand

Tue Dec 27, 2005 2:46 pm

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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RE: Man Hit By Helicopter Blade In New Zealand

Tue Dec 27, 2005 2:49 pm

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!

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RE: Man Hit By Helicopter Blade In New Zealand

Tue Dec 27, 2005 3:17 pm

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.

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RE: Man Hit By Helicopter Blade In New Zealand

Tue Dec 27, 2005 3:34 pm

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.
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RE: Man Hit By Helicopter Blade In New Zealand

Wed Dec 28, 2005 12:28 am

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?

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RE: Man Hit By Helicopter Blade In New Zealand

Wed Dec 28, 2005 2:38 pm

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
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RE: Man Hit By Helicopter Blade In New Zealand

Wed Dec 28, 2005 8:26 pm

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!!

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