The number one rule of being a helicopter mechanic

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  1. Salty

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    Bizarre. There shouldn’t be any coming up and coming down of the helicopter during a cart start. Stay at idle, mech removes plug, they leave the rotor disk and you adavance throttle to fly. Like to know what the heck the pilot on the controls was doing during all this.
     
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    Another reason to avoid choptycopters.
     
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    Always. And always enter/depart the rotor disc 45 to 90 degrees from centerline.

    But there definitely is more to this than reported. Pics of the rotor blade damage are beyond what was reported. These blades are rather stout and can probably cut trees similar to stories mentioned in another thread.
     
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    Deceased person was pilot. Got out to unplug cart.
     
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    Where does the cart plug into the helicopter? Seems odd that his head would’ve been that close to the blades.
     
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    Blades also hit cart.
     
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    An ATP with several type ratings, a CFI ... gotta wonder if perhaps someone in the cockpit messed with something.
     
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    That's what I heard and was also driving tug/cart out from rotor disc straight out from nose. I hope that is not true.
     
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    Pilot side forward of chinbubble.
     
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    Power cable still connected? Pulling straight forward tilted the whole bird?
     
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    “The sheriff's office doesn't suspect foul play, but plants to fully investigate just in case”


    Wonder what type of plants have the experience to fully investigate this type of incident....:skeptical:
     
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  15. Bell206

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    Doubtful. Aircraft is rather heavy and plug would have ripped out of aircraft first. It's my understanding the cart/tug was parked perpendicular to aircraft in front and outside rotor disc before event.

    Unfortunately, there are several eye witnesses.