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Octopus's Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing
Posted: Monday, January 31, 2011 4:35 PM
Joined: 02/05/2008
Posts: 392

According to, “A helicopter from [M/Y] Octopus, owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, made an emergency landing on water in Argentina's far south on Monday, officials said, injuring one co-pilot.


Paul Allen's spokesman said a co-pilot was injured and [was] being taken to [a] hospital.

It was not clear what caused the helicopter to come down in [the] frigid waters of the bay off the southern city of Ushuaia. A photograph showed the helicopter bobbing in the water, its rotor blades twisted.

‘The helicopter hit the water hard,’ said naval official Daniel Vera. ‘The helicopter is from a yacht called Octopus. We are investigating what happened.’

Local media said the yacht was planning a trip to Antarctica."


Read the full story here:

Posted: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 6:42 PM
Joined: 16/05/2008
Posts: 3

The yacht was spotted in Ushuaia on Jan 27th, ith both helicopters in the garage.

Here is a video of the helicopter after the crash:

Anita Warwick
Posted: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 8:23 PM
Joined: 15/05/2008
Posts: 44

Who were the pilots?
Posted: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 8:50 PM

When the wing is going faster than the fuselage, there is something seriously wrong!!

Helicopter - noun:

400 different parts, all trying to kill you at the same time.

Capt Edward P
Posted: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 9:48 AM
Joined: 06/01/2011
Posts: 81

Obviously engine failure, but non-serious enough to allow a planned ditch - in other words it obviously didn't fall out of the sky. Possibly dirty /water in fuel, or loss of oil pressure to fan resulting in slow seizure. Hope the guy is OK though.
Posted: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 12:35 PM
Joined: 02/06/2008
Posts: 342

"Obviously ..." there is rarely anything "obvious" to people who know what they are looking at in regard to an aircraft accident. If you can determine the cause of an accident merely by looking at telephoto pictures on the internet the NTSB has a job for you.

The Air Safety Foundation and a couple of other aviation sites report that the rotor hit an antenna on takeoff and the pilot made a precautionary landing. But, until the official investigation is complete, every "report" is just a guess.

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