In an amazing piece of flying, a pilot of a helicopter “on a venison recovery operation” (deer hunting?), landed the chopper after the tail rotor was completely destroyed by something that had fallen out of the open door of the helicopter.
Southern Lakes Helicopters operations manager Lloyd Matheson said after the “complete disintegration” of the tail rotor at an altitude of about 4500ft, Mr Hayes’ only option was to maintain forward momentum to steer the aircraft and keep it stable.
That meant him landing at a speed of 80 knots, risking his main rotors hitting the ground and possibly destroying the aircraft as it skidded some 45 metres along the ground.
Amazing stuff.? This comes only a day after another bad helicopter accident in New Zealand, where a plane and chopper crashed into each other.