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Not good news...helicopter goes down off the coast of Newfoundland

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by JR, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. JR

    JR Active Member

    And seventeen oil workers and copter crew are missing.

    http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/600999

    Jeri Grychowski, spokesperson for the Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax, said two people were earlier spotted in the water, as well as a life-raft.

    "There's no sign of the helicopter," she said.

    The helicopter, which can seat about two dozen, was apparently on its way to one of the three production platforms on the Grand Banks when it went down.


    Doesn't look good. These flights are regular occurences according to the article.

    Bloody hell.
     
  2. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    17 oil workers missing? Yikes!
     
  3. markvid

    markvid Guest

    Ouch. That's awful.
     
  4. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    It's really, really rare that a dual-engine helicopter crashes.

    The Black Hawk, another Sikorsky model, has never experienced a dual-engine failure -- in 30 years. All large helicopters have redundant hydraulic systems. Must've been a rotor or flight control malfunction.

    Yikes.
     
  5. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    I don't mean this to be funny, but there could have been some kind of birdstrike too.
     
  6. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    They were probably above the birds, if they had the ceiling.

    I don't think birds crash helicopters as much as you might think. Problem with birds is they hit the windshield and come in on your ass. Our engines are much smaller, and thus have smaller inlets, than commercial jet engines.
     
  7. markvid

    markvid Guest

    One positive, too, is they ditched, not crashed, meaning they had at least some control of the craft entering the water.
     
  8. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/03/21/scotland.copters/index.html

    Sadly, this was what I expected.

    The main gearbox references the transmission. Sounds like the main transmission oil filter failed and probably ran dry, causing the transmission to seize -- and ultimately stop or severely slow the rotor. They were probably a 20,000-pound rock.
     
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