Hiller crash

This Hiller helicopter crashed while filming the 1978 film “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!”. The pilot was supposed to enter the frame at the same time the police car was rolling in… but he came a bit fast and had to flare hard thus hitting the ground with the tail rotor. Although the crash was unscripted it was used for the film. The funny thing is the crash used up more of the budget than all other aspects of the film combined.

Hiller crash

Ever wondered what a World War II airplane could do to a helicopter? Well this short video will quite clearly showcase the destruction an airplanes propeller can cause to a helicopter. That poor Jet Ranger “parked” nicely on the grass is nothing more than chewing material for that big brutes propeller.

Plane vs. Helicopter

Mi-2 helicopter crash

The pilot of this Polish built Mil Mi-2 helicopter came in to land with a high rate of descent, stalling the helicopter close to the ground and as a result the helicopter bit the dust. Fortunately nobody was hurt.

Mi-2 helicopter crash

Puma down

Don’t really know much about this one. This Puma helicopter seems to have a tail rotor failure sending it in an uncontrolled spin… that’s what generally happens when you lose the tail rotor. Hope everybody made it out alive…

Puma down

Disaster strikes

This A-4 Skyhawk was flying formation with a F-18 Hornet when disaster strikes. The F-18 “looses” one of its bombs and the A-4 gets hit by it. The pilot was forced to eject and landed safely.

Disaster strikes

H-21 helicopter crash-tests

The Piasecki H-21 tandem rotor helicopter was one of the first tandem rotor helicopter, entering service in 1952. The helicopter was used for a series of controlled impact tests, in order to determine ways of improving survival methods in the event of a crash. Well, that last one seems brutal… hardly anybody would survive that one!

H-21 helicopter crash-tests

Mi-14 crash

The Russian built Mil Mi-14 “Haze” is an amphibious version of the Mil Mi-8 Hip helicopter. Used mainly for naval operations such as anti-submarine warfare and mine counter-measures, the Mi-14 is also used for SAR (search and rescue) as well as other operations. In May 2006, a Mi-14 participated in a simulated oil spill emergency response situation off the coast of Japan. The helicopter crashed and started to take water. The pilot tried to take off but the rotor blades hit the water and the engine exploded. The pilot of the helicopter was killed.

Mi-14 crash

I really like a good commercial. And if some aviation is involved then this is even better. Anyway, this is an old Lucky Strike commercial I found to be quite funny. I got lucky, had a good laugh…

Funny Lucky Strike commercial

Thunderbird bites the dust

Tis Thunderbird F-16 pilot was tried to do a Split-S, but he miscalculated his height and started the maneuver too early. He managed to eject safely just 0.8 seconds before his plane bites the dust.

Thunderbird bites the dust

Helicopter tow job

This helicopter crew wanted to help out a few guys that had a boat engine problem. Well, that was a really stupid decision, since their helicopter went down for a swim. Not the brightest of helicopter pilots.

Helicopter tow job