A few days ago, on the heals of the ENG helicopter crash in Phoenix, there was amazing video of an apparent engine failure on Bell 206 Jet Ranger Helicopter for the FOX station in Dallas-Fort Worth. The video shows them en-route when you can clearly hear an alarm tone — most likely the engine failure warning — go off in the cockpit. It sounds like the helicopter rolled after landing on some uneven ground. Everyone got out and there were only minor injuries. In a helicopter you only have a few seconds to: realize the failure, start the autorotation, get turned into the wind if possible, pick a safe landing site, and hopefully walk away. More details and links after the jump!
Here are a few video links if you want to see some video.
Raw Helicopter Footage:
Helicopter Pilot Explanation of an autorotation:
Note: The WFAA site has lots of ads and if you have a seeded hosts file you’ll need to disable it to see the video. Make sure you delete your browsing history including your cookies after you view the video.
Despite these recent ENG helicopter stories, it does not deter me from wanting to someday be a helicopter pilot. I guess it’s a pilot thing.