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Cobra Helicopter crash caught on videoMiraculously both pilots walked away from this seemingly unsurvivable crash! (www.cinema5d.com) More...
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From: former USMC AH-1J pilot. I would like to know where the maneuver was started. Altitude loss in dive recovery was something we had to keep in mind. Location and temperature ... density altitude. It would be interesting to know how much torque they were pulling. The crew was fortunate, no two ways about it ... hate to see the airframe destroyed. The Snake was fun to fly ... good bird ... had to respect it, like any other aircraft. (MD11 Capt.)
Looks like the cobra just dived into the ground at a shallow angle. Glad all got out ok.
First, if the tail rotor had not been turning, no way would they have been going straight ahead. And you would be able to see the stationary tail rotor blades. Second, as to the cameraman. You have no way of knowing how many people were there to help. Plus, there was still a huge dust cloud in the air when he initially stopped shooting. He later resumed well after the crash. Do you know what he did in between? Only an idiot would make a judgement like that based on this footage.
Well I agree and am corrected with my judgement of this man.He did stop filming and that is admirable of him in itself plus alot of things are learned from footage such as this.I know the tail rotor funtcion Joseph but my curiousity was this could they hsve had a problem just seconds before this all happened.At 100 knots or even less things happen very quick.Thanks for your critisim of my judgement and I promise I am all for his actions as he stated that he thought there were fatilities so he did not continue.That says something and it is very respectful.
Actually if the helicopter had a loss of tail rotor efctiveness (LTE) it could very well still fly straight. In fact, most helicopters are designed to fly straight ahead at a certain speed without a tail rotor. At flat pitch there is very little torque moment applied to the airframe. Torque is also aerodynamically countered by the vertical stabilizer, but only when forward airspeed is maintained.