vic asked in Cars & TransportationAircraft · 3 weeks ago

if kobe's helicopter had engine trouble why didn't the pilot autorotate safely to the ground?

military pilots train for that all the time, I guess civilian pilots know nothing about autorotation

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  • 3 weeks ago

    It appears he did not know he was in trouble.

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  • 3 weeks ago

    It would be a hard to autorotate in fog.

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  • Mystic
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    3 weeks ago

    It seems to ME that the helicopter should have NEVER flown due to the bad weather conditions. Apparently, there was some pretty bad fog in the area. Fog is NOT a good thing to be trying to fly (OR DRIVE) in. If you're in the air, fog can EASILY hide things like mountains, hillsides, etc. until it's TOO LATE. The pilot should have said "nope" and stayed on the ground.

    And just an FYI - both the military and civilian pilots get special training for things. The military is a bit different compared to the civilian world because they have different aircrafts... BUT their aircrafts ARE NOT PERFECT. Unfortunately, they crash too. How about the ones who have went down stateside during routine/basic training missions? Whether you're a military pilot or a civilian pilot is irrelevant in some cases.

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  • 3 weeks ago

    If the rotors don't turn (transmission jams) or are not present (they do fail), then auto-rotation will not help.

    All copter pilots, if properly trained, know about auto-rotation and may practice it to some extent.

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  • 3 weeks ago

    who is Kolbe... Was he one of the Kardashion bunch... 

    • Mystic
      Lv 5
      3 weeks agoReport

      Trolling FAIL. Not to mention highly insensitive.

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  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    No one knows yet what the cause of the crash likely is genius.

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  • zipper
    Lv 6
    3 weeks ago

    It does not always work even in the military, there are a lot of things that can cause engine trouble and the end result can very widely!  CRASH!

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Although final details haven't been given, today I read that his copter flew into the side of a mountain in the dense fog.

    • Edna
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      3 weeks agoReport

      I read the same thing.

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Shortly after 9:40 a.m., the helicopter turned again, toward the southeast, and climbed to more than 2,000 feet above sea level. It then descended and crashed into a hillside at about 1,400 feet, according to data from Flightradar24.

    When it struck the ground, the helicopter was flying at about 160 knots (184 mph) and descending at a rate of more than 4,000 feet per minute (45 mph), the Flightradar24 data showed.

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    NO sign of engine trouble, and so autorotation would not have done anything.

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  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    And yet, military helicopters still crash.

    • River Euphrates
      Lv 7
      3 weeks agoReport

      Right?  Why didn't the pilot in 'Blackhawk Down' just autorotate?

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