A Fort Bragg based OH-58D Kiowa helicopter had a hard landing yesterday near Lindon in North Carolina. The incident took place around 2 p.m. and a mechanical failure is being blamed. Although engine failure hasn’t been specifically mentioned, this sure looks like a forced auto-rotation to me. One witness was quoted as saying the engine [...]
Wow… That’s about all I can say Thanks to Brett for the tip!
An OH-58A Kiowa operated by the Australian Army made a precautionary landing in a field yesterday. Preliminary reports say there was a possible problem with the engine but it isn’t clear if it was an actual failure or a warning light. There were two crew members and a passenger on board, nobody was injured. Another [...]
An $80 million dollar lawsuit has been filed against Bell helicopters, Rolls-Royce NA, Goodrich Pumps and Engine Control Systems, Unison and Honeywell by family members of US Army pilots killed last year in Iraq. Marcus Alford and Billie J Grinder died when their OH-58D Kiowa crashed on February 21st, 2010, while attempting to land about [...]
I’ve been receiving tips about an incident at the Tooele Airport in Utah involving possibly a Bell 206. What I’ve read so far is that a pilot and instructor were practicing landings, possibly autos, when they came down hard (this is according to ksl.com.) The student was apparently at the controls at the time. The [...]
Two West Point cadets owe the NYPD Aviation unit big time for rescuing them on Sunday. Their troubles started when they went to Storm King Mountain to practice rappelling on Saturday. At around 6 p.m. they became stranded on an 18 inch wide ledge. Luckily, they were still within cell phone range and were able [...]