Police Helicopter crash vid


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Just down the road....wow, that's an awfully congested area, amazing that no one was hurt!


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Amazing. Glad they came out with only minor injuries.

Does anyone know what "auto" means in a helicopter? The pilot of the helicopter was referring to it before they hit the ground.

Also, can anything be done to keep a helicopter from falling like a brick in the event of an engine failure?


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"Auto" as in "Autorotate."

They use this maneuver to "glide" the helicopter on the rotors until they can get to an altitude to flare. They still smack down pretty hard.


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You'd be amazed at how much stress the skids are able to endure -- they're designed to collapse and absorb all the impact (to a certain extent).