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    Anonymous

    i would agree with this theory. from the visuals of the crash, it can quite easily be made out to be the case. loss of cyclic during a turn kills lift drastically. this is quite likely to be the real reason why the helicopter went down.

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    Anonymous

    could it have had something to do with vortex ring state?

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  3. 3

    Anonymous

    Quite possible that voretx rings had something to do with it considering the formation flying and the lack of altitude that would have been needed to recover

    hey lets just write the design off eh…why bother investigating…

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  4. 4

    Gagan

    These pilots seem to be competent enough if one goes by their long flying hours they've accumulated over the years.
    If this theory is true, and the chopper was indeed too low to recover, the next aspect is the copter's design which saved the lives of the two pilots.
    They literally fell 70m from the air onto the ground. The chopper cabin could have just caved in around them, the fuel tanks could have just ignited, their seats could have torn off the floor and impaled them across the dashboard – Nothing of the sort happened. They walked out alive.

    That's a tremendous chopper there. I am glad this one's made in india.

    Jai Ho and all that.

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    Murali

    Well, if what said here is indeed the reason. then why did this not happen when they tried it the formation first time around or is this the first time for these pilots?

    Was the chopper flown at 70M deliberately for this maneuver, if so wasn't this done at practice earlier ?

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    Anonymous

    The otherwise superior performance of the Dhruv made the pilots somewhat overconfident to attempt a risky maneuver?

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    Anonymous

    you are spot on, mr aroor. this is precisely what happened.

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    Anonymous

    airports are equipped to identify microbursts or windshear, the boundary of a rotor wash generated one is too tiny to detect? or

    guidelines for formation flying are violated?

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