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Explained: AS350 Eurocopter Helicopter Self-Destructs

Some observers speculate that a bad episode of ground resonance may be to blame for the violent self-destruction of med-evac helicopter as it landed in a field in Para, Brazil. Few details are available about the incident, which reportedly took place Wednesday February 22, 2012 - the same day video of the accident began spreading, online. The helicopter appears to be a Eurocopter A-Star AS350BA PT-YAK. Some reports state that there were four aboard -- two pilots, a doctor, and a nurse -- and all escaped serious injury in spite of the helicopter engaging full-flail mode. Several accounts repeat that the aircraft suffered excessive vibration while airborne and that vibration developed into destructive ground resonance after the aircraft landed. Footage of the incident, appears to show three people leaving the helicopter, began spreading online Wednesday.

Last updated October 31, 2016  
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