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Old 05-13-2021, 12:09 PM
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4 Dead After Z-8X Helicopter, Assisting Firefighters, Crashes in Lake

Four were killed Monday May 10 after a helicopter crashed in Erhai Lake in Dali, Southwest China’s Yunnan Province.

The Z-8X helicopter operated by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force had been assisting firefighters on the ground by dropping water with an external bucket. It crashed while attempting to refill at the lake.

Initially it was reported that the two pilots were killed and there were two missing crewmembers. After a search that involved 16 ships and more than 490 rescuers the crewmembers were found deceased about 16 hours later, very early Tuesday morning local time.

Videos show the aircraft start to slowly rotate or spin while it was a couple of hundred feet above the lake before the bucket was lowered into the water.

The spin increased in speed and the helicopter descended, then there was an explosion that sent debris flying before the helicopter hit the water with the bucket still attached.

The Z-8 helicopter is a Chinese version of the French Aérospatiale SA 321 Super Frelon helicopter.


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Old 05-14-2021, 09:52 AM
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Re: 4 Dead After Z-8X Helicopter, Assisting Firefighters, Crashes in Lake

Looks like the aft engine let go!

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Re: 4 Dead After Z-8X Helicopter, Assisting Firefighters, Crashes in Lake

Don't worry, chinese building quality is top of the world, the two people filming were already sent to education camps to remind them of this fact.

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