Helicopter Shakes Itself Apart: Brazil (Video)

Amateur footage shows a helicopter making a very shaky landing in Brazil. The chopper is shaking so badly it actually starts to fall apart.
There were only minor injuries, and everyone walks away, luckily nobody on the ground got hurt either.

I also found this video. It gives an explanation on how this could have happened. How accurate it is I don’t know, maybe someone with knowledge about choppers can let us know.

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54 Responses to Helicopter Shakes Itself Apart: Brazil (Video)

  1. wolke205 says:

    I have seen this on TV, so scary & it can happen easily..It s pretty dangerous to take a Helicopter 😉

  2. gitwizard says:

    Terrifying! Thanks for reminding me why I would never willingly travel in a helicopter!

  3. I hope Stumpy enjoyed the trip.

  4. Lenore Diane says:

    So glad no one was seriously injured. Ironic that it was a rescue helicopter.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Lenore,
      I also thought it was a bit ironic that is was a rescue chopper, I was alos wondering about the people or person in the back, where they rescued from somewhere, it didn’t say in the story.

  5. Windsmoke. says:

    Seen this on the news the other night it was pretty scary the people on board were very lucky indeed. The second video is correct because when the rotors are out of balance eveything vibrates and falls apart or worse crashes to ground, it’ll probably be put down to mechanical failure :-).

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Windsmoke,
      They where very lucky.
      Thank You for the info, I wouldn’t have a clue if the info was right or not in the video, but I’m happy to hear it is. Thanks again. 🙂

  6. barb19 says:

    It’s a wonder no-one was injured.

  7. cissyblue says:

    All-righty then!!! My dad was a pilot who loved helicopters. I only wish he could see this!!! All he had to go was go back up!!! Wowee!!!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi crissyblue,
      Apparently he did try to take the chopper back up but it was shaking so badly that it just wouldn’t lift, that is what I heard on one news report, but still you would think that something must of made it that bad in the first place.

  8. El Guapo says:

    Scary as hell.
    Still want to learn to fly one though.
    Just one in good condition…

  9. coolfeline says:

    Ugh … never knew they fell apart like that! I’ve been inside a Vertol helicopter but never flown in one. No one has ever offered me a ride… now I think I’d be a little wary…

  10. elcampeador says:

    Assumption is the chopper is made in Brazil. That’s just great news, ’cause Brazil (which by the way, is the largest size) was awarded a contract to build an U.S. Air Force plane.

    Can just see this “shaking apart” thingy happening for our Air Force
    http://mobile.wnd.com/2012/02/obama-accused-of-ignoring-security-in-plane-deal/

  11. E.C. says:

    This is amazing and frightening too. I would have never believed that it could happen, but then again an earthquake can destroy things by shaking them apart, so why not this too. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  12. tempo says:

    Oh what fun…not! I guess thats why they call them choppers.

  13. travelrat says:

    Hmmm! Looks to me like some sort of rotor imbalance … that’s usually caused by something falling off a rotor, or hitting something like a bird. Usual result is something called a ‘whumper’ … that’s a thumping noise once per revolution, which is a signal to get that baby down, fast. But, I suppose it could develop into something like this.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      Have you ever seen this happen before to a helicopter? I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing when I saw the video.

      • travelrat says:

        I haven’t … but I once saw one shed a rotor blade. Fortunately, it was on the ground at the time; talk about ‘through these portals pass the world’s fastest airmen!’ 😀

  14. malc50 says:

    Thanks for sharing this clip, Mags. We went for a helicopter ride over the NZ Southern Alps glaciers a couple of years ago and it was a fantastic experience. You can’t let one mishap put you off, or you’d be locked in your house all the time. (I’d just be careful where I boarded the chopper – perhaps Australia and New Zealand have better safety standards than some places). Cheers.

  15. aFrankAngle says:

    When I saw this on the news, I simply said WOW.

  16. I’ve never been in a helicopter. I always imagined that take-off and landing must be a lot smoother than in a light aircraft. Wrong again!

  17. Fergiemoto says:

    Oh my! Only minor injuries?! That would be frightening to experience.

  18. souldipper says:

    I’ll take a helicopter any day in Canada. I love them! It’s the closest I’ll get to being a free spirit before dying! 😀

  19. Sure glad there wasn’t a patient in critical condition inside… Yikes! Tim had an uneventful ride to a bigger hospital in a medical helicopter when he was having his heart attack. The stretcher they use in there for the patient is so narrow that he would have fallen off at the first shake. Or maybe they strap the patient to the stretcher and the stretcher to the floor. With all the mechanical problems that could develop it a good thing that incidents like this are rare. Phew!

  20. zannyro says:

    I had no idea this could happen!!!!

  21. Tony McGurk says:

    Good grief that was so unbelievable I had to watch it several times. Must’ve terrified the people inside it especially when the cockpit just broke off like that. I’ve never been in a chopper. When I was in the Navy while at the Navy Air Base at Nowra, a friend who was an aircraft mechanic on one of the squadrons lined up for a ride in one for me . However I was in the cafe having lunch & I saw out the window a Sea King helicopter coming in for an emergency landing with smoke billowing from it’s engines. I cancelled my joy ride after that.
    P.S. I found your blog via the link to your Kookaburra video that Stala poated on her blog. Putting you into my RSS Reader

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Tony,
      It’s an unreal video isn’t it just amazing.
      I don’t blame you for cancelling your joy ride after seeing that I would of done the same thing. 🙂
      An ex-navy man, my Husband was also in the navy.
      I also have you in my RSS feed as well, that’s great they you found your way here through Stala’s blog. 😀

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