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Helicopter Crashes Into Lake

Two Passengers Swim Safely To Shore; FAA To Investigate Cause Of Engine Failure

June 1, 2013

LAKEWOOD — A man and his daughter swam safely to shore after the helicopter in which they were flying lost power and crashed in Chautauqua Lake on Friday evening....

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Jun-01-13 10:40 PM

These two are truly lucky! My father and I went down in a small plane back in 2004. This article brought back so many memories, and I know, first hand, how they must feel tonight. I am so thankful that they ok, and I know that this event will become of part of them. For me, going through something like that made my bond with my father that much stronger. They will need support and understanding in the next few weeks because the flashbacks bring on so many emotions. THANKFUL!

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Jun-01-13 12:49 PM

I've heard from a good source that the JHW is developing a heli pad site to make use safer there. They are having the highway line strip crews paint a designated LZ specifically for that use. This is inexpensive and needed for safety, and should have been done years ago. This will probably result in increase use through FAA notices to airman. They like having a dedicated nest when they need fuel instead of hovering around looking for a spot. Things are really picking up at the airport.

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Jun-01-13 11:24 AM

Gemni5, that one is easy to just can't fix stupid.

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Jun-01-13 8:30 AM

Praise the Pilot who steered the helicopter away from other obstacles. His actions likely saved his daughters life, his life and avoided something much worse. Machines can and do sometimes fail. A prepared Pilot can & will do everything in the power to protect others. Hopefully his neighbors will react as professionally as he did.

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Jun-01-13 8:10 AM

I'm chuckling because someone actually hit the disagree button on Xceptions eye witness account....why?

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Jun-01-13 7:30 AM

I was right there and first on the scene. The daughter came up quickly for air and the still spinning blades just missed her. So I'm very glad nothing happened but it was very close. The engine was running and the blades where spinning the whole time so I'm not sure about the engine failure part. It's one scene I will never forget.

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Jun-01-13 7:13 AM

Thanks, Overburdened and Galt, I was thinking the same thing when I read the comments on the first article about this incident. the Wuebolts' are a nice family and I am thankful it turned out the way it did and that we are not dealing with a tragedy.

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Jun-01-13 6:17 AM

How true Galt 67.

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Jun-01-13 5:54 AM

People that complain about the helicopter are just jealous that they don't have one.

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Jun-01-13 1:28 AM

People have boats complain the helicopter interrupts their "space" and noise, really" It doesn't stay stationary and fly above for hours. My gosh when will people ever stop complaining. Its time to get along and let everyone enjoy God's space and quit the complaints .

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