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HelicopterSafety - RC Helis are not toys › Fatal heli accident kills 5 year old grand daughter in Japan - Jan 23rd 2007
01-26-2007 05:27 AM  10 years agoPost 1
red_z06

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Does anyone have the link to the original news?
I've found this while surfing a Korean RC forum.

Roughly translated:

- Remote Control Toy Heli Kills Grand Daughter -

A 55year old man is arrested in Japan for causing accidental death of his 5 year old grand daughter while flying a toy heli.
Police reports that 5 of the man's family members were watching around 30meters away from the flying heli. Police felt that he was negligent in safety precautions causing the girl's death.
The man stated to police "I decided to land because I felt that my family was too close and dangerous. I was trying to land but I made a mistake"
The heli that caused the accident was 3.5kg in weight and the heli did not have a malfunction.

The article stated that the heli blade struck the girl's head.

www.JustinJee.com

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01-26-2007 05:35 AM  10 years agoPost 2
VKGT

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Man... not good.

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01-26-2007 03:57 PM  10 years agoPost 3
gmebey

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I feel so bad for the people involved.

But I have to wonder.....

How close was the family 30 meters (~100 ft)…how did he loose control and hit them. That is some distance…more than enough to be safe! Unless they were off to the side or in front…..now that is another issue.

Whenever I fly in the presents of people that are use to being around model helicopters I point out some quick rules and precautions.

1) Stay behind me at all times
2) Do not approach the helicopter while it is running (nitro) or while the battery is plugged in (e-bird).
3) Do not touch the radio without first checking with me if it is safe or not.

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01-28-2007 08:18 AM  10 years agoPost 4
whirlyspud

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Could you even imagine being in the Grandfathers shoes? Sad situation any way you look at it.
Rest in peace little one.

Mike

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01-28-2007 02:26 PM  10 years agoPost 5
red_z06

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I would imagine very very bad but I could not really imagine how bad exactly for a grand father as I am not one yet. However, I think I can feel what her parents must be going through right now.

Upon reading further, it was said that he flew it in a gas station ground? parking lot? or around there.

www.JustinJee.com

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02-02-2007 12:19 AM  10 years agoPost 6
icepirate

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Very sad! I feel for the family, but it reminds me of a couple weeks ago when one of our best and safest fliers was flying at our local club. It had started to rain and as he was bringing it in, he got a drop of rain in the eye, and in the instant that he blinked, he lost it and it went right for the pit area. I was working on my heli and looked up and saw a heli over my head!!! He saved it, but it was pretty scary!

Point is, it can happen to any of us. We don't know why the man lost control of his heli, but weather it was EMI, dumb thumbs, or something as simple as a bug bothering him, it can happen. Always keep plenty of distance between you and your heli, and even more between your heli and spectators!!

Rick

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02-02-2007 09:52 PM  10 years agoPost 7
NZ_Nitro

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a large number of the accidents we have seen could be saved by

getting some height under the chopper very fast.......then you can perhaps save the chopper and avoid hitting someone ......most people dont think like this but it works....get it up and out of the way....

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02-02-2007 11:25 PM  10 years agoPost 8
Skillmaster

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i agree the guy that first helped me with my heli told me the same thing. if you fly high enough you have more time to figure out your next move. or if you get scared give it gas and move it out away from people.

had a situation where some folks had their dogs at the park where i decided to fly. after i got in the air the dogs were chasing the heli on the ground. the owners didnt even try and get their dogs(not smart owners). my dad had to shew the dogs away so i could land, and every landing was an auto i figured if a dog decided to run back after i landed it wouldnt be hurt to bad if the heli wasnt under power. after the first tank i shut it down for the day..just didnt feel safe for the dogs

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02-02-2007 11:35 PM  10 years agoPost 9
NZ_Nitro

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and yes that still is the method i use

if i get into trouble near the ground it has saved my chopper on a couple of occasions

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02-03-2007 05:58 PM  10 years agoPost 10
gmebey

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skillmaster,

I ahve to ask what you were flying when the dog was chasing your bird.

It sounds to me that you were at a public park and flying a nitro bird.....

I would be scared sh__tless trying to fly a nitro of large electric heli at a park.

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