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Rescue helicopter falls apart on landing

The crew escapes with minor injuries when a rescue helicopter disintegrates upon landing in Para, northern Brazil. The helicopter shakes as it lands before the front falls off and the tail breaks in two. It may have experienced ground resonance, similar to what happens in a washing machine when clothes are concentrated at one point during a spin cycle
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Daniel P. Brown Daniel P. Brown Wednesday, June 04, 2014 8:08:53 AM Thankfully it happened when, where, and how it did. If the vibrations started throwing the rotor off whilst in the air, the crew would not have been taking pictures of the dead bird's aftermath.

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