Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Invasive Plant Saves Helicopter Crew in Crash

A helicopter lost power and crashed while a videographer was shooting images of kudzu, an invasive plant species. The thick vines slowed the chopper's descent and allowed the crew to walk away from the accident without serious injury, according to the YouTube user who posted the video.

User name: firehorsefilmsNC
Location: McDowell County, North Carolina
Date uploaded: June 22
Event date: June 21
Views: 2
User notes: While filming aerials of invasive species in the North Carolina forests the helicopter lost power and crashed into the side of the mountain. Kudzu is one of many invasive species and it was the Kudzu that broke and slowed our decent and allowed us to walk away with only minor scratches. Pilot Chris Dupree did an exceptional job of saving our lives while the aircraft lost power. It was like sinking into water, that is how it felt to me as the power was lost.
Click here to watch this video on YouTube.


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