This has got to be hands down the most intense helicopter crash video I’ve ever seen. The helicopter is wedged in a wall of a house with pilot dead and control panel broken, yet the rotor is still spinning at full speed and although the blades were snapped by the crash, their closeness to people and their homes makes for an incredibly frightening experience. The residents helped with the rescue in many ways, including by throwing water on the craft to cool the engine down.
The helicopter crashed on Monday January 21, 2013 in a residential area in north São Paulo but no residents were injured. There were 4 people in the helicopter – the pilot and 3 employees of Secretaria Municipal do Verde (Municipal Green Office) who took the flight to survey local greeneries and parks of 11 districts from the air. The 2 hour helicopter flight operated by Helimarte was booked by São Paulo mayor. All 3 employees survived with non life threatening injuries, but the pilot died upon impact. Five residential homes were damaged by the crash. The house in which the helicopter got wedged belonged to 45 year old gardener Ronaldo Bezerra Leite. At the time of the crash he and his wife were at work and their children of 9 and 10 were at the grandmothers.
The helicopter was piloted by 29 year old Marcelo Stella de Melo Ribeiro. The craft was in the air for 50 minutes when problems started. While hovering over the Jaragua area of São Paulo north, the helicopter dove towards the ground. The causes of the crash are being investigated. According to a spokesperson for Helimarte – a company that owned the crashed craft and employed the deceased pilot, the helicopter model Jet Ranger 3 “was airworthy” and “passed the annual maintenance inspection on November 1, 2012.” The spokesperson also said the pilot had “vast experience flying helicopters and possessed all required and necessary qualifications to operate the craft.” After 14 years in business, this is the first time a Helimarte operated aircraft crashed.
Helimarte executives said the company will be there for the family of the pilot, who was unmarried and had no children, and will provide families displaced by the crash with hotel accommodation.
The video is over 10 minutes long but the intensity keeps it interesting. Easily the sickest helicopter crash video I’ve seen: