Author Topic: Hospital helicopter breaks skid, lands on mattresses at KSAT  (Read 8834 times)

Offline notaperfectpilot

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A hospital helicopter struck a cell tower knocking its left skid off. Thanks to the quick thinking pilot and firemen, he landed on three mattresses that were grabbed from the firehouse. Interesting conversation follows....

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Offline sykocus

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Re: Hospital helicopter breaks skid, lands on mattresses at KSAT
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2012, 09:12:31 PM »
I heard of them trying the same thing with a harrier who's gear didn't come down...it didn't end very well for the airframe.
http://thebrigade.thechive.com/2010/08/31/what-happens-when-a-harrier-jet-lands-on-mattresses-4-photos/
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Re: Hospital helicopter breaks skid, lands on mattresses at KSAT
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2012, 09:26:34 AM »
I'd like to see some pictures of this. Great idea for whoever came up with it.

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Re: Hospital helicopter breaks skid, lands on mattresses at KSAT
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2012, 11:41:29 PM »
AvWeb had one photo after the landing.

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Re: Hospital helicopter breaks skid, lands on mattresses at KSAT
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2012, 02:38:28 AM »
Oh good! People DO listen to my feed LOL

I was going to edit and post the xmit but I got lazy. :D

Here's the story with pics. Also posted that link on flightaware btw

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Helicopter-lands-safely-on-mattresses-with-3764153.php
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Re: Hospital helicopter breaks skid, lands on mattresses at KSAT
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2012, 07:51:24 AM »
Also posted that link on flightaware btw

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Helicopter-lands-safely-on-mattresses-with-3764153.php

LOL, probably where I got the information from! I saw it on the FlightAware news feed and thought, "wow, this might be interesting to hear!"

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Re: Hospital helicopter breaks skid, lands on mattresses at KSAT
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2012, 11:11:32 AM »
I wish my feed sounded better. I'd really love to split up the app/dep from the grd/twr freqs. I'd love to have the money to spend on a new scanner and see if that clears up the feed a bit. I've already tried changing everything else.
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