https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/06173915/Bell-47.jpg 600 795 Joe Baginski https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Joe Baginski2023-03-20 08:55:582023-03-03 13:45:48Tail rotor failure in the Grand Canyon
Tail rotor failure in the Grand Canyon
I was performing sling loading operations in the Bell and was picking up my external loads from within a corral that was situated right next to an 800', sheer cliff. On that particular hook-up, right as the loader signaled that I was good to go, and as I added power and anti-torque pedal to rise to my hover, I felt a slight jerk in my tail rotor control pedals. That’s when things began to unravel.