This is without doubt one of the most dramatic videos of a helicopter captured from a ship. The pilot is about to take off from the helipad when suddenly something prevents the helicopter from moving forward and makes him turn back and land, nearly escaping a fatal crash which at some point looked inevitable.
The helicopter in the video is a Turbine Enstrom Helicopter on the helipad of a Greenpeace ship somewhere off the coast of Ireland. According to the description provided, one of the deck straps of the landing net attached to the helicopter was not correctly released during the time of take off. This prevented the helicopter from taking off, pulling it back with a jerk. The pilot’s skills and quick thinking saves the day as he lands the helicopter safety back on the helipad.
However, on taking a closer look, we didn’t find any obstruction from a deck strap or structure which prevented the helicopter from taking the flight. All that is seen in the video is that the helicopter suddenly took a sharp turn while taking off, narrowly escaped crashing and hitting a crew member, and landed back safely on the net. We still wonder what really caused the near-fatal accident.
Do you think it was the fault of the deck crew or the pilot? Let’s know in the comments after watching the video below:
Raunek Kantharia is a marine engineer turned maritime writer and entrepreneur. After a brief stint at the sea, he founded Marine Insight in 2010. Apart from managing Marine Insight, he also writes for a number of maritime magazines and websites.