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Sunday, January 26, 2020

RIP Kobe Bryant

After a weekend that began with Lebron James surpassing him on the all-time scoring chart, Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash at the age of 41:
Kobe Bryant died in a helicoper crash in Calabasas Sunday morning ... TMZ Sports has confirmed. Kobe was traveling with at least 3 other people in his private helicopter when it went down. A fire broke out. Emergency personnel responded, but nobody on board survived. 5 people are confirmed dead. 
Why does anyone who isn't in the military ever fly on those things?

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Blogger Joeplanet January 26, 2020 3:12 PM  

It just seems remarkably close to where a helicopter went down killing managers of the Standard Hotel not so very long ago.

Blogger David Ray Milton January 26, 2020 3:13 PM  

That’s really sad. He has a few children. Hopefully, none of them were in the chopper.

I just did a video about him this week selling out for female equality in the NBA. I had mostly respected him up until that point as a remarkably honest person.

In light of his odd comments, and with all the people in Southern California who mysteriously die, this does make me wonder if a handler became upset with him.

Blogger pnq87 January 26, 2020 3:25 PM  

I shall weep for my fellow American.

Blogger Qualitarian January 26, 2020 3:27 PM  

Well, bye?

He won't be delivering unwanted improvised episiotomies anymore.

Blogger Dave January 26, 2020 3:33 PM  

Survived by his wife and four daughters. Bryant was born in Philadelphia and, after spending much of his childhood in Italy to follow the basketball career of his father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, starred at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore.

Both Kobe and Lebron were drafted straight from high school which helped enable them to climb the all-time scoring list. Lebron moved ahead of Kobe on the list yesterday in Philly in a loss to the 76'ers.

Not a fan, but respected his skill and intense desire and passion to be one the best ever which no one can deny he achieved.

Blogger John Adams January 26, 2020 3:42 PM  

"I shall weep for my fellow American."

Kobe wasn't American, despite whatever paperwork or place of birth would suggest.

Blogger Vachilles January 26, 2020 3:44 PM  

Rest in peace!

Blogger Argus Bacchus January 26, 2020 3:45 PM  

Sadly, we now know that we will almost certainly have at least one posthumous inductee into the NBA Hall of Fame Class of 2021, which, IIRC, will be Kobe's first year of eligibility.

We also have the answer to the tragic question, "Who will be the next Roberto Clemente?"

Blogger Guitar Man January 26, 2020 3:49 PM  

Legend. I loved to hate him as a Celtics fan. I read an interview about his faith. I believe he's home with the Lord now.

Blogger God Emperor Memes January 26, 2020 3:55 PM  

Helicopters are incredibly complicated works of engineering art. Are there risks? - Sure. On the other hand, one can fly them sideways and backwards. Flying along forestry roads with your skids 6' above the ground and trees along both sides is incredible fun.

Blogger Uncle Maffoo January 26, 2020 4:01 PM  

Word now is that his 13 year old daughter was also on board and killed in the crash.

Blogger RomanCandle January 26, 2020 4:02 PM  

This seems like the biggest unexpected celebrity death since Michael Jackson, maybe even Princess Diana. Even people like myself who aren't big NBA fans are talking about it.

Blogger Joeplanet January 26, 2020 4:02 PM  

When I was stationed at Vandenberg, I got to ride in helicopters all the time. It was both exciting and scary, I practically low crawled to and from the aircraft with the rotors spinning. The stories of the making of the movie “the twilight zone“ ran through my head every time I ingressed or egressed the aircraft. And auto rotation is a fiction and will not slow you down enough to escape expiration.

Blogger tublecane January 26, 2020 4:17 PM  

Bryant is as we all know secondarily-known for the rape case. That will probably still take second place, ahead of early fiery death.

Reading details about that encounter sucked me into the unpleasant and possibly illicit world of celebrity African-American sex. Like how Kobe didn't know how hard he choked her because "my hands are strong." Or how she had the ability to consent or not consent according to him because at the end he asked if he could, um, express himself on her face and she declined.

Then there's the fact that the rape kit came back with another man's leavings, to which the girl responded that she accidentally grabbed the wrong pair of panties from her laundry basket.

By the way, I am Minnesotan and therefore partial to the Human Mantis, i.e. Kevin Garnett. He was the groundbreaking straight-outta-highschool superstar, and of course squared off against the Bryant Lakers in the finals. As a Celtic, not a Timberwolf. But still.

Blogger cyrus83 January 26, 2020 4:20 PM  

I get the appeal - a private mode of travel that allows bypass of both airports and roads, but a deathtrap should things go amiss. I would never be caught on one for sightseeing or pleasure, but they do come in handy in case of emergency.

While it could just be a crash, it seems too coincidental that it happens the morning after LeBron passes Kobe's career milestone.

Blogger Dave January 26, 2020 4:26 PM  

Hearing Sheriff's Dept press conference scheduled for 5pm est. Latest reporting:

Kobe Bryant’s daughter Gianna also died in the Calabasas helicopter crash that killed their father.

Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, nicknamed Gigi, was also onboard the private helicopter when it went down on Sunday, reps for the former basketball player told TMZ Sports.

Emergency personnel responded but no one on board survived. Five people are confirmed dead, TMZ reported. The outlet said that Bryant’s wife, Vanessa Bryant — with whom he shares all four children — was not onboard.

Sources told ESPN that the helicopter was headed to a travel basketball game for Gianna, and that the other passengers were another player and their parent.

Bryant is survived by Vanessa, 37, and their daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months.

Blogger Unknownsailor January 26, 2020 4:28 PM  

The running joke in the Navy fixed wing community is that helicopters don't fly, they beat the air into submission. We never lost one on the 7 cruises I went on, but the Marines managed to crash at least one CH-46 annually, it seemed like. Part of the reason they wanted the OV-22 so bad, the Frogs were Vietnam era hardware, and their maintenance man hours showed it. Maintenance is what got the F-14 retired, 15 man hours/flight hour is just not sustainable.

RIP Kobe, Mamba will be missed.

Blogger LAZ January 26, 2020 4:38 PM  

"We also have the answer to the tragic question, "Who will be the next Roberto Clemente?"

Roberto Enrique Clemente Walker- Walker tells us he was of the peerage/cabal, as was almost certainly Bryant.

Blogger Crew January 26, 2020 4:38 PM  

In Wakanda you have to pay for your helicopter rides.

Blogger God Emperor Memes January 26, 2020 4:40 PM  

Autorotation absolutely is not a fiction. It is something pilots are required to learn to do and must demonstrate competency in, in order to pass a test for either a private or commercial licence. There are many,many videos on YT of pilots practicing and landing autos. You do not know what you are talking about.

Blogger God Emperor Memes January 26, 2020 4:43 PM  

Yeah but the downside with the Ospreys is that they get in VRS and can't easily be flown out of it, which is why they crash.

Blogger Beloved January 26, 2020 4:44 PM  

Meanwhile, the Corona virus has spread to Los Angeles and Orange County.

Nothing to see here, folks. As Prometheans scramble for their underground hide outs the useless eaters are fed distraction after distraction.

Blogger J Van Stry January 26, 2020 4:52 PM  

I almost wonder if this whole thing was a setup, to push the impeachment trial off of the news (which it has) so people would stop seeing the painful flailing of the democrats?

How many other times has something suddenly 'more newsworthy' come along to stop us seeing democrat crimes and misdeeds?

Blogger NP_see January 26, 2020 4:56 PM  

RIP Mamba.

Blogger Gospace January 26, 2020 5:01 PM  

IIRC, the saying goes : if something on your helicopter isn't broken, don't worry. It will be.

Blogger Daniele Grech Pereira January 26, 2020 5:02 PM  

They are extremely loud too.

Blogger VFM #7634 January 26, 2020 5:25 PM  

@Dave

That’s interesting, the Bryants appeared to like Italian names.

Blogger Noah B. January 26, 2020 5:26 PM  

Helicopters are so much fun to fly in, you have so many options for where you can take off and land, and you have to die of something. It's sad about Kobe but truly awful that his daughter was with him this time.

Blogger LonestarWhacko January 26, 2020 5:52 PM  

I used to fly a lot working offshore. Constant vibration. A welder I worked with was an Army helicopter repair specialist. He wouldn't fly in a copter. He said that he didn't trust other people to have done the right procedures.

It's sad that his daughter died. But to fly one a lot is risky.

Blogger Duke Norfolk January 26, 2020 5:54 PM  

"Bryant’s wife, Vanessa Bryant — with whom he shares all four children — was not onboard."

Ha, the things that need to be reported these days. It's a sad world.

Blogger Bucephalus January 26, 2020 5:56 PM  

Great player, seemed like a good dude. Never heard him say anything political. A sin his daughter died also. There’s something coming for all of us, who knows when.

Blogger WillBound January 26, 2020 5:59 PM  

@13 JoePlanet. Autorotation is not a fiction. I would be dead now if it were.

Blogger Wormwood January 26, 2020 6:02 PM  

Some people die when a book falls off a shelf and hits them on the head, but other people get shot fifteen times and survive. When it's your time fate will go to outrageous lengths to take you, but when it isn't your time she will go to outrageous lengths to save you. I wouldn't waste too much time thinking about it.

Anonymous Anonymous January 26, 2020 6:05 PM  

Helicopters are the unhappy marriage of physics and hope, and even the most diligent maintenance crew would have difficulty assuring everything critical is in proper running order all the time.

Blogger Geir Balderson January 26, 2020 6:07 PM  

He knew too much!!!

Blogger mgh January 26, 2020 6:20 PM  

8kun is already all over a bunch of odd coincidences surrounding this death. No smoking gun but a number of weird connections so it might be worth keeping an eye on.

Blogger VD Bear January 26, 2020 6:24 PM  

Helicopters are like motorcycles, neither will ever have a simple finder bender.

Blogger God Emperor Memes January 26, 2020 6:37 PM  

Pilots are often the ones who'll point out necessary but unscheduled items to the maintenance crew. Well, the pilots who want to live, anyway.

Blogger Brad January 26, 2020 6:45 PM  

3000 flight hrs
1200 NVG
1400 in combat

The most dangerous thing about a helo

My copilot

Blogger Brad January 26, 2020 6:51 PM  

May never know, but my guess, since it was foggy,is pilot was "hunting and pecking" VFR in IFR conditions.

Blogger Doktor Jeep January 26, 2020 6:52 PM  

What did he know about the Clintons?

Blogger Ska_Boss January 26, 2020 6:52 PM  

Remember when Kobe Bryant talked shit about Trump? The Trump curse does.

Blogger CostelloM January 26, 2020 6:55 PM  

And thank you Allison Morrison for sharing your unique perspective - dropping the N bomb on a live mic on MSNBC when referring to this mans team. A good follow on book would be "How to lose your career in 2 seconds".

Blogger Hammerli 280 January 26, 2020 6:58 PM  

Helos are fun to fly. But most unforgiving. Autorotation works, but it takes good timing, you're eating a high descent rate to keep enough momentum in the rotor to flare for landing. I had a project officer who had been a Navy helo instructor, he liked to tell sea stories. :-)

Blogger Balkan Yankee January 26, 2020 7:01 PM  

@17: "...the Marines managed to crash at least one CH-46 annually."

This former 031121 can confirm. My platoon leader got his two front teeth knocked out when the CH-46 he was on suddenly lost power about 10 feet off the deck. The bird smacked the ground hard, bounced back up in the air, regained power, and then landed. In the chaos, the Lt. collided with the flash suppressor of a fellow Marine's M-16.

Blogger Kudos The Lexecutioner January 26, 2020 7:16 PM  

Helicopters are nothing but a collection of aircraft parts flying in formation.

Ask any aircraft mechanic about the "Jesus nut" (helicopter main rotor retaining nut). If if fails, you'll be meeting your Savior right damn quick.

Blogger Hieroglyph January 26, 2020 7:21 PM  

Sadly, I am wondering if he was about to endorse GE. Dangerous times in the US.

I will never fly in a helicopter. Even if I were a billionaire, I'd refuse. Clanking death traps. Evidently they do fly, and thus abide by laws of physics, but I'm not sure I know how.

Blogger JovianStorm January 26, 2020 7:29 PM  

The NYT gave him a terrible write up... If only he was an austere Islamic scholar, they'd have fawned over him.

This is a tough month.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother January 26, 2020 7:32 PM  

"He knew too much!!!"

About basketball!!

Blogger Joeplanet January 26, 2020 7:36 PM  

Meh. I think I do.

Blogger Jeff aka Orville January 26, 2020 7:37 PM  

Quote of the day "Helicopters are the unhappy marriage of physics and hope"

You can train a guy to fly a plane in just a few hours, the principles of flight are pretty basic. But watch youtubes of students just learning to do a stable hover is something else. Some planes like a Cessna 150 will nearly take off by themselves.

Blogger Akulkis January 26, 2020 7:50 PM  

"Helicopters are incredibly complicated works of engineering art. Are there risks? - Sure. On the other hand, one can fly them sideways and backwards. Flying along forestry roads with your skids 6' above the ground and trees along both sides is incredible fun."

The sad part is this: For a helicopter to survive an engine failure, it needs sufficient altitude for the rotor blades to go into "autorotation" mode, and for the pilot to react quickly enough to make it start.


Helicopters, have two altitude windows, with a danger zone in between. In the lower window, when power loss causes the bird to drop from the sky, and the landing gear is sufficient for everyone to get out without serious injury (maybe a broken bone or two, but nothing that will cause death in < an hour). In the upper window, there issufficient altitude for the rotots to go into autorotation and then to slow the descent rate enough for the landing gear to absorb the impact enough for everyone to get out alive.

In Between those two windows is the danger zone. Loss of power = death. Typical cut-offs are a few dozen feet for the lower window and a few hundred feet for the upper.

The witnesses report that the aircraft was flying unusally low for a helicopter before losing power.

This means pilot error. Based on the initial report (whatever it's worth), he was trying to proceed under power to some desired landing point, flying under power in the danger zone, when he lost power. Upon realizing there was a problem that could cause a power loss, he should have gone over to autorotation immediately. It probably would have cost a non-negligible amount of money to repair the landing skids or landing gear after an autorotation landing, but everyone would still be alive.

In contrast, there is another similar type of aircraft, called an autogyro, with the same sort of throttle plus a yoke with collective and cyclic controls. Autogyros have both a propeller and a rotor. The propeller is powered, and the rotor is not. An autogyro can't even begin to fly until the rotor is already in autorotation mode. While autogyros can't hover, they can operate in the same sort of STOL (Short Take Off and Landing) envelope that helicopters are typically operated in. Because the rotors are always in autorotation, a power plant failure only means you have to find a place to land within your glide angle, but no matter what altitude you are at, you're not going to have a crash landing if the ground is otherwise aceptable. An autogyro is almost like a glider... but with an engine, too.


It would be a great thing if companies like Bell would push autogyros for general transportation, and push the idea that if you don't NEED hover (example, medical rescue, air/sea rescue, shooting TOW missiles at tanks several miles away), then you should be flying autogyros instead.

If someone came up with a system in which the propeller was driven by a drive shaft which could be swung in a 360-degree arc, then an autogyro could come very close to matching the side-ways maneuverability of a helicopter. You would still need a helicopter to land on most rooftop Landing Zones, but most civilian helicopter flights simply go from open area A to open area B (with or without runways), much like so many aircraft in the era of canvas-covered biplanes landing and taking off at unimproved fields. Dimensions for crew+passengers are similar for autogyros vs helicopters

TL;DR This was an unnecessary tragedy, even if Kobe's intended flight wasn't from airfield to airfield.

Blogger rikjames.313 January 26, 2020 7:51 PM  

My job in the Marines involved air operations. Helos are dangerous. They just stop flying for mechanical reasons, or the pilots fly too low near terrain. I was at the scene of a help crash in Korea where one literally just broke, no chance to auto rotate. There were a lot of those sad events, and many pilot errors.

A few times when we go to the Caribbean my wife had asked about taking the helos to the resorts and back to spare an hour on the road. US helicopter scare me and I would only take one to spare my/a member of my family's life or a friend's, I would never trust one outside of the US for any reason.

Blogger God Emperor Memes January 26, 2020 7:57 PM  

And yet your words clearly demonstrate otherwise.

Blogger Akulkis January 26, 2020 7:59 PM  

" And auto rotation is a fiction and will not slow you down enough to escape expiration."

There is an entire class of aircraft which take off, fly, and land with nothing but autorotation. That being said, some helicopters might not be designed well enough for autorotation to actually save those on board, but the principle is not only sound, it's actually put into practice.

The aircraft in the original "Mad Max" is an ultralight autogyro. It is NOT some Hollywood magic -- that thing actually flies as portrayed (Mad Max was a low budget film, with no budget even for a cast with names recognizable by anyone who wasn't a movie industry talent agent, let alone special effects to give a fictitious aircraft a realistic appearance of flying like George Lucas's plastic spacecraft models.)

Blogger The Depolrable Podunk Ken Ramsey January 26, 2020 8:00 PM  

Reports now are saying they flew into a mountain side in heavy fog. I've been in the thick fog that can form around the LA basin. It can be unreal. I learned what is meant by the old saw, "fog as thick as pea soup." They were apparently flying around 160 knots (~180 mph) when they smacked into a mountain. That is crazy fast when you can't see anything, and in a chopper you don't have to worry about stall so you can take it very slow. Didn't have to happen, maybe.

Blogger God Emperor Memes January 26, 2020 8:03 PM  

Descent rate in an auto isn't that fast. Watch this: https://youtu.be/BkF4b6OuXJ0

Blogger God Emperor Memes January 26, 2020 8:07 PM  

Hovering is hard to learn but something I found interesting is that every pilot I know had the same experience: you can't do it and you can't do it and you can't do it...then you wake up one morning and you CAN do it. It seems like the muscle memory becomes embedded as you sleep.

Blogger Doktor Jeep January 26, 2020 8:14 PM  

The military CH-47 Chinook is called "Shit Hook" for a reason.

Blogger RC January 26, 2020 8:45 PM  

"Evidently they do fly, and thus abide by laws of physics, but I'm not sure I know how."

An aero engineer friend who designs helos says that they're so ugly, the ground repels them.

Blogger Akulkis January 26, 2020 8:58 PM  

@51

"But watch youtubes of students just learning to do a stable hover is something else."

I'm not a helo pilot, crewman, or even mechanic, but, hovering ANYTHING not attached or braced to something on the ground requires an almost perfect balance of force vectors (wind-induced drag sideways, sideways thrust to counteract the wind drag, vertical thrust, gravity, and with helos, the finicky value of ground effect left, which depends on distance from the ground, how level the ground is, how much air you're pulling through the rotor disk.

I might be wrong, but it would seem to me that executing a stable hover with a helicopter is the most difficult maneuver in all of eye->brain->hand-controlled flight outside of flying something like an F-22, which literally cannot be flown without a fly-by-wire computer (it's too aerodynamically unstable to fly by direct control... which makes it a VERY maneuverable weapons platform and thus an ideal air superiority fighter to win both missile fights AND gun fights -- but a death trap if any level of the triply-redundant systems are completely destroyed -- all flight control computers OR all actuators OR all hydraulics, etc. )

Blogger Lazarus January 26, 2020 9:09 PM  

The GE is flown in helicopters.

Blogger DeepThought January 26, 2020 9:23 PM  

The worse damn ride in the Marine Corps were helicopters.

Blogger Emmanuel January 26, 2020 9:31 PM  

This smacks of foul play.

Blogger Tyr January 26, 2020 9:32 PM  

His father, also a professional basketball player, played in Italy after he had passed his athletic prime. Kobe spent much of his youth in Italy, spoke Italian, and, from what I have read, had fond memories of his time there.

Blogger Cloudswrest January 26, 2020 9:40 PM  

It does not appear to be mechanical failure of the helicopter. News says the pilot was lost in heavy fog and crashed into a mountain.

Blogger Robert Browning January 26, 2020 9:59 PM  

You can not prey on the innocent. God will get you.

Blogger Azimus January 26, 2020 10:15 PM  

Why don't they put an explosively deployed parachute in a pod above the rotors? I can understand why they didn't put them on small planes, but it would make sense to at least have the option to deploy it on a rotary-lift aircraft.

Blogger God Emperor Memes January 26, 2020 10:19 PM  

Hmm. As an early call, I'm going to go with what an earlier commenter said: VFR flight on an IFR day. That will kill you every time.
I remember when a guy did that on the Sunshine Coast - he could be heard calling for help as he circled around in low cloud. Destroyed a beautiful de Havilland Dragon as well as killing himself and his passengers.

Blogger tuberman January 26, 2020 10:21 PM  

J Van Stry wrote:I almost wonder if this whole thing was a setup, to push the impeachment trial off of the news (which it has) so people would stop seeing the painful flailing of the democrats?

How many other times has something suddenly 'more newsworthy' come along to stop us seeing democrat crimes and misdeeds?


^^^Yep^^^

Blogger God Emperor Memes January 26, 2020 10:30 PM  

"For a helicopter to survive an engine failure, it needs sufficient altitude for the rotor blades to go into "autorotation" mode"
That's broadly correct but there is such a thing as a hovering autorotation. I hated doing them, and one only has moments to react.

Blogger God Emperor Memes January 26, 2020 11:06 PM  

Because it wouldn't have time to be of any use, plus a chute that size would be enormously heavy. Helicopters don't have much lifting capacity, relative to a fixed wing aircraft.

Blogger Jeff aka Orville January 26, 2020 11:08 PM  

#68 "Why don't they put an explosively deployed parachute in a pod above the rotors? I can understand why they didn't put them on small planes".

The do put them on small planes ranging from an expensive Cirrus to a $6000 ultralight that doesn't even require a license to fly. Not sure how they'd put on on top the spinny thing on a chopper.

Blogger Servant January 26, 2020 11:22 PM  

I was trained by a helicopter Gunner who both swore by and swore about autorotation. I had a job on a fixed wing, wisely declining the experience to be anything other than academic.

Blogger Servant January 26, 2020 11:25 PM  

My favorite part of Godzilla was when they dropped a whole load of ospreys on the kaiju's head and my friend immediately quipped, "they do serve a purpose"

Blogger DC January 27, 2020 12:05 AM  

Not nilc

Blogger J Van Stry January 27, 2020 12:12 AM  

The reports I'm seeing is that pilot ego is what killed them. He flew VFR on an IFR day, ended up in the weather at an altitude below the ridge line and couldn't climb up fast enough (because I guess his IFR abilities weren't capable) and flew right into the mountain side.

Now, the big question: Was he told 'fly us there, or you're fired' or did he say 'oh yeah, I can do this, easily' when obviously he didn't have the skill to do it, and when he saw the weather closing in, he should have landed RIGHT THERE. Instead of flying into it.

You can't hover on instruments. They're not sensitive enough. Your only option is an emergency climb to a high altitude out of the clouds and above the terrain. It doesn't look like he attempted to do that. In fact, it's possible he was trying to circle back out of the weather, which of course is something you never do.

Blogger Bibliotheca Servare January 27, 2020 1:38 AM  

@Azimus

Because the rotors themselves *are* a parachute. Sort of. And because in a situation where you can't use autorotation to slow your fall, a parachute really isn't going to help.

Blogger Azimus January 27, 2020 1:39 AM  

@ J Van Stry - nah they were already using Wuhan/Corona virus for that

Blogger Boomer55 January 27, 2020 2:16 AM  

@46
Don't the helicopter engineers know about redundancy?

Blogger Boomer55 January 27, 2020 2:18 AM  

@2
The twit-ter arguments were funny. A MAGA person called him a rapist, and then some people bring up "but muh white people do dis shit" and the inevitable "believe all women." It's all so annoyingly stupid.

Blogger Colonel Blimp January 27, 2020 2:35 AM  

14 years and a day to the helicopter crash that killed my buddy and 3 members of his naval crew on routine exercise off san diego coast. He was a gentle soul, great roommate, and standup guy. These helicopters are death traps. At least it was as you say in tge service of his country. I pray for Kobes remaining family. To lose a dad and a 13 year old daughter must be hell.

Blogger Lazarus January 27, 2020 8:06 AM  

Strange behavior?

An audio recording obtained by the site showed that air traffic controllers were trying to guide the aircraft, which lost contact just moments prior to crashing.

"You are too low level for flight following at this time," the pilot was told about two minutes before the crash.

The term refers to an aircraft's radar being too poor to follow. However, eyewitnesses said the aircraft was flying too close to the ground.

Data also shows that the helicopter changed direction at the last minute, and circled over Burbak, California, before crashing.


The sikorsky S-76 has a strong safety record.

Blogger Azimus January 27, 2020 8:28 AM  

Same as the radar dome (or whatever it is) on an apache. Presumably sing the entire vehicle is hung from the rotor shaft, that a parachute attached here could successfully deploy from here. If you want more detail I'm going to need some more PBR.

Blogger Azimus January 27, 2020 8:30 AM  

Good points gentlemen. PBR makes a lot of crazy ideas make sense. Wouldn't have made much difference in this cas anyway

Blogger dadofhomeschoolers January 27, 2020 8:36 AM  

I hate when i fly into a cumulo granite cloud

Blogger VD January 27, 2020 10:21 AM  

Why do you say 'RIP' when you know Isaiah 57:21.."there is no rest says my God for the wicked'?

You're banned for gamma.

Blogger MJ January 27, 2020 11:11 AM  

Is flying a helicopter really more dangerous than driving the freeway in LA?

Blogger Keith January 27, 2020 1:20 PM  

>Not sure how they'd put on on top the spinny thing on a chopper.

Check out the “long bow” attachment for the Apache family of attack helicopters. It’s easy to put a pod up there.

Blogger God Emperor Memes January 27, 2020 1:33 PM  

A parachute might theoretically work if your engine failure happened at a minimum altitude of, say, 2000 feet. But that aside, it would be very heavy and it would make the aircraft impracticably top heavy. In short, it wouldn't work.

Blogger Calvin809 January 27, 2020 2:16 PM  

Almost the same way Stevie Ray Vaughan died.

Blogger FUBARwest January 27, 2020 7:17 PM  

RIP Mamba.

The respect for his passing isn't about his achievements in basketball, it's about respect for dedication, discipline, and strength of will to be excellent in any given field.

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