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07-11-2013 12:59 PM  5 years agoPost 1
Markus

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http://www.blick.ch/news/schweiz/ze...-id2369590.html

A man was found dead in Switzerland apparently hit by his RC Helicopter, ...Don't fly alone!

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07-11-2013 01:12 PM  5 years agoPost 2
Scott1115

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English translation:
Mauensee - LU - A walker found yesterday in Mauensee LU a dead man's body had severe head injuries. Next to it was a model helicopter.

Yesterday, a 41-year-old man was found dead in Mauensee LU. The investigation authorities believe that he has suffered fatal injuries when operating a model helicopter.

A walker reported to the police that he had discovered in the area in moss Mauensee a corpse. As the Sursee prosecutor announced today that the deceased had severe injuries to his head and arm.

The helicopter of the type Formula Gaui X7 was secured by the police near the body. When deceased is a 41-year-old man from the canton of Nidwalden.

The circumstances of the accident and the cause of death to be clarified. The investigation leads the Sursee prosecution. (SDA)

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07-11-2013 01:16 PM  5 years agoPost 3
Stephen Born

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The article is written in German.

Indicates he was hit in the head with his RC Heli.

Very sad.

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07-11-2013 01:38 PM  5 years agoPost 4
Steff Giguere

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Another example that our toys are dangerous.

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07-11-2013 01:39 PM  5 years agoPost 5
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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This is a sad event. But why do people always have to fly so damn close? This is a dangerous hobby, guys.

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07-11-2013 01:51 PM  5 years agoPost 6
RCHSF

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Yeah I feel bad for the poor guy, or anyone hit by one, even a tiny micro can leave a good whelp, or broken finger. I'm scared of my 450. Terrfied of what my 500 could do.

Don't look away even if you hear a bear comming. Just charge him with the helicopter, he will poop himself trying to get away.

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07-11-2013 02:46 PM  5 years agoPost 7
Ronald Thomas

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Absolutely horrible. Anybody know who he is?

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07-11-2013 02:57 PM  5 years agoPost 8
Scott1115

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@Justin, the web advertising crawlers search/cross reference "hot words" in articles you read with your known interests from search engines, responses to topics on RR (for example), online purchases/shopping, etc...and plugs them in the sides banners.

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07-11-2013 03:24 PM  5 years agoPost 9
MartyH

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I'm sure there will be more people. People have lost respect for the danger they are subjecting themselves and the spectators to. Even Nick Maxwell who is my favorite well known pilot, has a video that I happened to watch this morning where someone off camera laughs as the heli whizzes by nearly overhead. He giggles then suggests they put a radar gun on the heli. I cringed and I was just watching a video.

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07-11-2013 03:51 PM  5 years agoPost 10
Tyler

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Fear/Respect
Here is a classic example of what scares me regarding safety and respect for these models:

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Spool up a 700 class electric only one model length away from pilot's position, lift off, then do a quick cyclic and tail direction check??

The next generation promotional videos I see frequently display a lack of safe distance. Perhaps they practice with the computer monitor right next to their nose so they feel compelled to fly the same way at the field.

Enjoy things that money can buy IF you don't lose the things money can't buy.

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07-11-2013 04:08 PM  5 years agoPost 11
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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More pilots are going to get killed by these models. This is the risk that comes with the hobby, and we all assume that risk when we fly.

What concerns me even more is the spectators. A lot of the general public who come to fun-flies or IRCHA to watch the event have no idea how dangerous these models are. When out-of-control models fly into a crowd and innocent people are injured, that is what is really horrible. We need to protect the spectators. Pilots can do whatever the like.

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07-11-2013 04:10 PM  5 years agoPost 12
wrongler

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I think the article suggests it was his own heli!

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07-11-2013 04:24 PM  5 years agoPost 13
Tyler

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I can agree with Justin. Golf has killed, too.

Enjoy things that money can buy IF you don't lose the things money can't buy.

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07-11-2013 04:34 PM  5 years agoPost 14
FireNWater

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Yup, its only a matter of time. I watched that kid in the video nearly decapitate himself and his dad all day long at the Huntsville fly-in this year. Made me cringe every time he popped those 700 blades right in his face. What didn't help was that every manufacturer was right there working sponsorship deals in their tent with dad in between every flight.
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What amazes me is the level of comfort that everyone in the helicopter side of the hobby has achieved with this style of flying. Everybody is quick to say "yeah, its very dangerous" but then in the next breath nobody is doing anything about it. The manufacturers actually promote this with the pilots they sponsor and the advertisements they print - but that is also driven by the consumers buying those products to be like _______ .
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You can only tie the record for lowest flight OR closest flight. At what point do we say "OK, we've taken "low and close" as far as we can now lets move it out to a safe distance and find something else to go WOW about."
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As for the "They know the danger" argument . . . I am a 1000% supporter of the "Stupidity Hurts" rule. Go out in a field and decapitate yourself with a 700? Hey, I'll charge your batteries for you. Just don't make me watch it.
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07-11-2013 04:48 PM  5 years agoPost 15
GyroFreak

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I used to fly my 700 size machines alone since I have plenty of property, but no more. It got away from me once and zipped over my head about 10 feet, scared the holy pizz out of me. If I had been hit, nobody around to assist me. I had been flying some distance (maybe 50 feet) just taking off when something went wrong.
That machine is now retired and I am into multirotors, which can still hurt you, but not as seriously as a big 600-700 machine.
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I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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07-11-2013 04:59 PM  5 years agoPost 16
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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Everybody is quick to say "yeah, its very dangerous" but then in the next breath nobody is doing anything about it.
Flying a helicopter too close is no different than riding a motorcycle without a helmet or skydiving. It is your life. If you enjoy these thrills, then you are free to take whatever risks you like.

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07-11-2013 05:01 PM  5 years agoPost 17
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This makes it quite clear from the MA Whiplash box.

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07-11-2013 06:47 PM  5 years agoPost 18
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Wow, it has happened and finally been reported, sux but what is done is done. Not a very nice way to be injured let alone bleed to death from. Not everyone knows how it actually feels to be cut by a rc heli. Only when you have do you respect them that much more.

Only last Saturday did something come hurling at me at high velocity which thankfully was blocked from hitting me. Add that to my little 450 cut a day or two earlier. By the time the object stopped moving I realized what just happened, I would have been wounded again were it not for a camera stand bearing the impact of the 5 or so pound object before it got to me. I walked directly in it's path and before I knew it KABLAM.

Accidents are out there, would you not want to take every precaution available or do you live wrecklessly? Most everyone wants some excitement in life and rc heli flyers get it from the helis they fly, better with the odds on it than a lot of other sports and interests out there. No one is crawling under a rock to avoid falling, getting hit by something, and or plain old falling down.

Question should be, Are you willing to DODGE the ball (bullet) rather than stand and be hit? RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!

Freak accident, one in almost 30 years of rc helis, very strange but 3d has it's increased risk of getting hit.

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07-11-2013 07:00 PM  5 years agoPost 19
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This makes it quite clear from the MA Whiplash box.
That part about "safety glasses" in MA's warning label is too obtuse to even discuss. Yeah, let me put on my "safety glasses" to store or work on my heli. Obviously, the warning was taken from a power tool and modified. They should have removed the "safety glasses" part!

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07-11-2013 07:05 PM  5 years agoPost 20
JKos

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Very sad.
one in almost 30 years of rc helis
This isn't the first death caused by an RC heli in 30 years. Unless you are referring to it being someone flying alone.

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