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Man Killed By Own Radio-Controlled Helicoptor in Brooklyn

Anonymous Coward writes | about a year ago


An anonymous reader writes "From the Wall Street Journal:

A 19-year-old model helicopter enthusiast was killed Thursday when a toy helicopter he was flying struck him in the head, a law-enforcement official said.
Victim Roman Pirozek “was known to be aggressive in his flying and often executed tricks. He was executing a trick when he was struck,” the official said.
Mr. Pirozek – depicted in (this) YouTube video he posted in July — was flying a remote-controlled helicopter worth about $2,000 when it struck him, cutting off the top of his head, the official said. The Woodhaven, Queens, resident was pronounced dead at the scene. His father was with him at the time of the accident, the official said

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not the first (1)

Megane (129182) | about a year ago | (#44773531)

Wow, it's been almost ten years since the RC helicopter death in Houston. That one got its pilot in the neck too. []

Re:not the first (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44774909) []

Deadly accidents involving remote-controlled helicopters are infrequent, but the stories are shared stoically among hobbyists, most of whom do not wear helmets or other protective gear.

Online, enthusiasts trade war stories and photos of their injuries. “This is what your leg can look like if you don’t understand your equipment,” one man wrote on the Web site Heliguy, alongside images of his sliced-up legs.

In July, a man in Switzerland was found dead near his copter with severe cuts to his arms and legs, apparently delivered by the model, according to news reports. And in 2003, a 41-year-old remote-controlled helicopter instructor in Texas reportedly died after the blades from a student’s model struck him in the throat.

Wear a helmet! (1)

mi (197448) | about a year ago | (#44775009)

Real helicopter pilots always wear helmets. And so should you.

Was this a result of a malfunction... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44776493)

or was it simply an example of Controlled Flight into Pilot? (an unusual subcase of CFIT)

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