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Heli crash #15954466 03/30/21
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Speculation of course.

My guess is a wicked downdraft coming over the top of that ridge.

Either that or they were bicycling - going where they were looking, and not looking where they wanted to go.

My oldest brother retired ANG as Major had a story about that when he was flying GIB one day. His pilot was focused on a lone tree on a ridge top, and if Weldon hadn't yelled "pull-up!" they would have nailed it..

A friend was on a flight from Barrow to Anuktuvic years ago in a fixed wing. He said they left wheel tracks on a ridge or peak, with a pretty good jar. The pilots were flying the altimeter, and either it or the published ground height was a bit amiss.... That was their story, anyway.

That "pop over the top" hot-dogging stuff is dangerous


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Re: Heli crash [Re: las] #15954638 03/30/21
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There was serious money aboard...

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Re: Heli crash [Re: las] #15954657 03/30/21
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Only 17 and a half billion worth. Sucks it happens but it does


If Obama is the answer, must have been a pretty stupid question.
Re: Heli crash [Re: Sitka deer] #15954715 03/30/21
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That Czech guy made more money than Teuber.


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Re: Heli crash [Re: las] #15954720 03/30/21
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Aircraft appears to be pretty much intact so they probably didn't 'fly into' the mountain - if I had to guess they were probably hovering near the summit and had a blade strike, causing loss of control and subsequent roll down the mountain.


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Re: Heli crash [Re: las] #15954747 03/30/21
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⬆️ You know your stuff.

Had a friend and an acquaintance aboard.

[bleep] deal.

Re: Heli crash [Re: las] #15954752 03/30/21
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Sorry for your loss wolverine.


If Obama is the answer, must have been a pretty stupid question.
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Thank you.

Re: Heli crash [Re: las] #15954884 03/30/21
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They should be able to get info from the survivor about what happened. I imagine one of the guides was your acquaintance AkWolverine? Sad deal for sure.


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Daughter and son in law also had a good friend on board.

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Does anyone know the pilot.......???

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Originally Posted by AGL4now
Does anyone know the pilot.......???


https://www.alaskasnewssource.com/2...-and-family-remember-pilot-zach-russell/


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