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BLADE helicopter crashes into Hudson River (with video)

Wed May 15, 2019 9:10 pm

BLADE Helicopters Bell 206 crashed at 2:06 p.m. ET on Wednesday into the Hudson River.

Thankfully the sole occupant, the pilot was rescued.

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https://nypost.com/2019/05/15/helicopte ... th-street/

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https://twitter.com/i/status/1128747306398945281


Bad PR for the fledgling helicopter service.
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Re: BLADE helicopter crashes into Hudson River (with video)

Wed May 15, 2019 9:16 pm

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Re: BLADE helicopter crashes into Hudson River (with video)

Wed May 15, 2019 10:02 pm

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Re: BLADE helicopter crashes into Hudson River (with video)

Thu May 16, 2019 5:29 am

The pilot wanted to try and better Sully! :lol:
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Re: BLADE helicopter crashes into Hudson River (with video)

Thu May 16, 2019 5:51 am

Looks like a tail rotor failure. Very tricky to handle at the best of time, much more at this altitude...
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Re: BLADE helicopter crashes into Hudson River (with video)

Thu May 16, 2019 5:59 am

He had refueled at the heliport and was moving to a regular parking space. The procedure is to go out over the river a bit and set up to land in the new slot, pull in, and land.

So here's my analysis. Happy to see comments.

Clear loss of tail rotor effectiveness in a hover out of ground effect. On the Jet Ranger, that's probably mechanical. It's not a full loss of TRE, or the spin would be a lot faster.

He comes out of forward motion to a hover out of ground effect, and is using the tail rotor to aim the fuselage. Then, as he starts to move, the loss of tail rotor effectiveness begins. Like most non-military commercial pilots, who never seem ready for this, he lets it go around a few times, accelerating, before he responds to it. The right response is chop the throttle so rotor/engine disconnect, and the spin will stop instantly. Then, at that particular height, you do an autorotation. He's a bit higher than optimal for a hovering autorotation, but that Jet Ranger rotor system has a lot of mass. One way is to bottom the collective momentarily then smoothly apply collective to cushion the landing. Looks like he feels he has enough altitude to try for something like an autorotation with forward speed, so he noses over to do that then very quickly flares, then blows the bags and pulls up on the collective to bleed off the kinetic energy to cushion the landing. However, it looks as if some error in his procedure has caused the transmission to reconnect the engine to the rotor system as he nears the water, probably because as he pulled up on the collective, given that the engine was still running, the engine RPM came up with the pull on the collective and the transmission reconnected, causing the fuselage to begin counter-rotating with the blades again.

Because he hit the water while spinning, the copter flopped over and the rotor system broke apart. The bags then did their job and stabilized the fuselage -- upside down. This is a common consequence when a water landing with bags isn't performed well. Luckily, he was able to unbelt himself and swim out. Upside-down, belted in, underwater with a door that's hard to push open is not a fun place to find onesself.
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Re: BLADE helicopter crashes into Hudson River (with video)

Thu May 16, 2019 6:11 am

Francoflier wrote:
Looks like a tail rotor failure. Very tricky to handle at the best of time, much more at this altitude...


For what it's worth, a tail rotor failure is not that tricky. It's just that it is insufficiently-taught (usually just demonstrated), and rarely-practiced. And when it happens, too many commercial pilots have a brain cramp. So they have gone around a few times before they react.

To fix, you just have to have the presence of mind to chop the throttle, then perform an autorotation. No engine acting on the rotor system, so no fuselage spin reaction; it stops immediately. The only challenge here is that he is out of ground effect with almost-no forward speed so the autorotation is going to be a little challenging, but it's a Jet Ranger, with a high-mass rotor system. I had an instructor cut the throttle on a Jet Ranger while on the pad with rotors at operating speed, pick it up to a hover, pedal turn 360 degrees, and put it back down. Now he was an ex-logging pilot whose amazing touch on the controls had saved his life a bunch of times when things went sideways, but still. His point was that there is plenty of kinetic energy there to do anything you want, if you respect the ship and the situation. He also instinctively flew like something was going to go bad at any time -- because in logging, they do, and the terrain isn't conducive to a soft, long landing. His instinctive preparedness had saved his life a bunch of times.

Here's a good instructor showing how easy it is to autorotate a Jet Ranger from altitude: All the way to the ground, like it should be taught. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3YAWG-QaSw (If you watch it, watch the outside view afterwards. It always seems to be descending sooooo much faster when you're looking at it on the ground than when you're at the controls.)

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