A safety reminder: girl badly injured by irresponsible flying

This is just a reminder that you can badly injure or even kill people with model aircraft. Don't let this be you!

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on May 30, 2010 at 1:00am
What cowards, lets hope they man up and turn themselves into the police. I wonder if that was the actual people involved strolling off, they were mighty casual about it. I would have been mortified.

Gives the FAA another reason to turn the screws, I think.

Comment by Jordi Muñoz on May 30, 2010 at 1:01am
Big helicopters are not "Park Flyers"...

Comment by Jordi Muñoz on May 30, 2010 at 1:21am
They ran away because they know they where doing wrong! At least i know that will never harm anybody with my EasyStar but helis come!
Comment by jonny on May 30, 2010 at 1:59am
What a horrific injury, however this type of person will always exist, in every activity, be it model helicopters, Karate or dog ownership.

It is impossible to legislate against the irresponsible element, so everyone involved gets tarred with the same brush, sadly.

Lets all hope this poor girl makes a full and speedy recovery
Comment by Dr Mike Black on May 30, 2010 at 2:24am
IC helis are scary things at the best of times, they give me the willys in the hands of good pilots, 2000+ rpm head speeds, carbon blades, lots and lots of things spinning at high RPM, the propensity for failure is very high..

Then you throw a new/stupid or thoughtless pilot wanna be into the loop...down the local park...OMG, it only takes a split second for it all to become doomed to failure and harm to others....

In a club enviroment with instructors, the damage on failure or wrong stick movement, is limited..what on gods green earth were they thinking!

Sad to hear, and it deos add weight to authorities to stop us having fun through the stupidty of a few!

Here in the UK a child was killed with an IC aircraft a couple ot years ago, on common ground..

The pilot is now serving 8 years for involentary manslaughter.....

not matter what that pilot did, we all know he never meant to hurt anyone,,,,but a stupid decision made with the best intentions...a life he took....will never leave him...and the loss of the poor family whos child it was....

No words to describe..



Comment by Morli on May 30, 2010 at 3:06am
It is sad to see stupidity of few that brings disgrace to this wonderful hobby. " target="_blank">Here is follow up story in you tube. Nothing new except other aeromodellers all over the world have poured in their sympathy with some financial donations. The ar** holes must have been showing off by buzzing around her when they hit her flying too close. The speed controller failure seems to be the lamest excuse for the accident!! , this is no freak accident , it is accident going to happen whether or not it was electronics failure when you fly too close to people. these insane idiots should be tried for criminal negligence and what ever that can add few more years to it so that they realize what they have done.. . She is lucky to be alive. thank god. Hope & pray she gets well soon.
Comment by Dr Mike Black on May 30, 2010 at 3:32am
Comment by Ryan on May 30, 2010 at 4:04am
RC planes of any kind are not meant to be flown in a park - even a small electric motor with those sharp propellers (APC, etc) will cause a lot of damages if hit someone.

There is reason why people pays to be in a sanctioned club (even though I hate clubs and club members most of the time), at least you're in a protected area from other people.

There are d*ckheads of all kind flying all kind of model airplanes whether it's foamies, jets, giant scales, helis out there that are spoiling it for everyone and I have seen accidents like this happened by all type of planes listed...I can tell you stories for hours.

Any, sh*t like this is the reason why everything are so limited and regulated!
Comment by Javier Robaina on May 30, 2010 at 4:53am
The biggest problem with these things is that you can put in the hands of these people a "weapon" of this type that can be used anywhere without taking into account the safety of others, it is clear that both a helicopter , A quad on a plane, and even a car can be dangerous to use where and how not to be, the problem is being sold without any kind of consideration even in supermarkets. Hopefully they are just isolated cases and has no impact on other users modelers.

El mayor problema de estas cosas es que se le puede poner en las manos a esta gente un "arma" de este tipo que la pueden usar en cualquier sitio, sin tener en cuenta la seguridad de terceras personas, está claro que, tanto un helicoptero, un quad un avion, e incluso un coche pueden ser peligrosos utilizandolos donde y como no se deben, el problema es que se venden sin ningun tipo de miramientos hasta en los supermercados. Esperemos que solo sean casos aislados y no tenga consecuencias sobre el resto de usuarios modelistas.
Comment by bGatti on May 30, 2010 at 5:05am
Bad Headline. It's not how you fly it's what you fly.

Helicopters are blenders - foam pushers are less dangerous than baseball, softball and football.


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