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Witness recounts shocking moment divers pulled Chris Cline’s body from wreckage

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Posted By: FlyRight, 7/7/2019 11:24:47 AM

West Virginia coal tycoon Chris Cline was rushing his 22-year-old daughter to a Florida hospital for a medical emergency when their helicopter plunged into waters off the Bahamas, killing all aboard, a report said. Kameron Cline had fallen ill while attending her dad’s birthday party Wednesday night on his private island near Grand Cay, family friend Lauree Simmons, told WPBF News in West Palm Beach, Fla

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Reply 1 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 7/7/2019 11:32:04 AM (No. 116624)
What would trigger a medical emergency in a 22-year old at 2 a.m?
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Reply 2 - Posted by: DVC 7/7/2019 11:37:03 AM (No. 116634)
Helos are very touchy, complex, tempermental machines. In 3rd world countries, with 3rd world maintenance, inspection and pilots.....I would not be willing to get on one. I have piloted helos before, but not helo rated, have friends who own them. This mechanical engineer avoids them in general. I want hthe parts of an aircraft that hold it up to be rigidly attached. A shame to lose these people. Apparently a good conservative trying to keep his family safe in an emergency.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: gobushcheneygo 7/7/2019 12:20:29 PM (No. 116681)
Appendicitis maybe?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: earlybird 7/7/2019 12:43:59 PM (No. 116711)
Re #3, that’s what mine was at about that age...
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Reply 5 - Posted by: earlybird 7/7/2019 12:44:46 PM (No. 116713)
Do you ever get the feeling that some are going for sensationalism?
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Reply 6 - Posted by: ginadee 7/7/2019 5:24:23 PM (No. 116896)
#4/5 my answer to that is "Hell yes"! The media needs to burn up the air time and the print media need to use the ink.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: SansaClip2gb 7/7/2019 6:10:17 PM (No. 116925)
somethings odd. why would all be still strapped in & pilot's hands still on wheel?? They must have known there was trouble and would have tried to exit in only 16 ft of water. hmmm, an explosion on board, already dead?? doesn't make sense.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: earlybird 7/7/2019 7:06:40 PM (No. 116964)
Photo shows helicopter body upside down. This was a sudden crash from low altitude, I’d say.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Omen55 7/7/2019 7:29:39 PM (No. 116982)
I don't fly in anything without wings.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: DVC 7/7/2019 10:12:00 PM (No. 117067)
#7, probably hit with a high sink rate, drove all skulls down on spines, or fractured spines, instant paralysis and death by drowning, no more body motion possible. A helo can "glide down" using the rotor blades like the wings of a maple seed, letting the air spin them as the helo falls. At the last few seconds, the pilot switches the pitch on the rotor, turning the stored rotational energy of the blades into a few seconds lift, getting a soft landing. This is called autorotation, and is a trained response. I have watched pilots practicing it at the airport in training, in the right circumstances, with a skilled pilot, it does work. However, there is a "death zone", a low altitude area where there is not enough height to give the pilot time to convert to autorotation mode, spin up the blades fast enough to stop the high sink rate. If an engine fails in this low altitude 'death zone', there is nothing that can be done, the helo drops, HARD. A friend was a helo air ambulance nurse and had this happen. He managed to live, just barely, as a quadraplegic. If he had been in the water, paralyzed as he was, he would have drowned, like they probably did.
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