Feb 25, 2011, 9:52 AM
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WFFC Helicopter Incident
I heard this story quite a long time back, long enough that I couldn't have looked it up on the internet since it didn't for the most part exist, the internet that is. Something came up the other day to bring it back to thought. I was really wondering if it was true.
So, story is that the helicopter was making really low passes over a corn field before climbing. Some guy had positioned himself in the path to take pictures, was almost hit by the roters, then instructed to leave because he had almost been killed, etc. He returns to same place to take pictures and helicopter takes him out.
I fail to feel sorry for the numb nuts that did it. Half the fun of the jump was the ride to altitude. He was doing normal take offs . The Bozo was wrong and and after that no more chopper jumps. The legal and insurance costs were outrageous besides new rotorblades.The pilot was a great guy and didnt deserve that bastards stupidity.
Jumper in question was a local at my home DZ. He didn't listen when they told him repeatedly to get out of where he was. Totally his fault, but FAA and ins bastards didn't see it that way. Result: no more chopper. To bad we don't have post mortem ass kicking.
I made 3 jumps out of the Helicopter during the convention. They are some of the most thrilling jumps/altitude rides I have ever experienced! Of course, someone had to screw-up a thing that good. Jumpers are usually their own worst enemies.