More Proof That Post-Crash Helicopter Fires Are Unnecessary

There was no fire.  That allowed both occupants to survive.

No, not a miracle.  Just a properly designed fuel system.

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Aaron - November 16, 2012 4:55 PM

I find it very interesting that the examples found here as "proof" are all turbine aircraft that run on jet fuel, as opposed to the much more volatile leaded gasoline that is used in piston aircraft. Your entire argument is unsubstantiated, to say the least. Allow me to give you some DATA, and not a cherry picked couple of youtube videos.

Robinson has produced ~10600 helicopters (10000 as of Nov. 2011, plus an average of 50 per month).
From the first NTSB entry in 1975 until today there have been:
-1103 Robinson accident entries
-Average of 29 accidents per year, 10.4% all Robinsons
-115 contain "fire" in the report
-Averages 3 fires per year, 10.4% of Robinson accidents result in a fire.

Bell has produced 7300 206's.
From the first NTSB entry in 1964 until today there have been:
-1526 accident entries
-Average of 31 accidents per year, 20.9% of all 206's
-168 contain "fire" in the report
-Averages 3.5 fires per year, 11% of Bell 206 accidents result in a fire.

Even if you averaged the numbers and projected Robinson's accident rate for the additional 11 years to compare to Bell, they would still only have 1422 accidents to Bell's 1526, and 148 fires to Bell's 168.

There are 2745 Robinson helicopters with current registration in the US, of the 12200 in operation. That's 22%. And yet, they only account for 115 of the 1428 helicopter fires, 8%.

You are the "slip and fall" attorney of the aviation industry, Mr. Danko. You are the reason insurance rates and, thus, hourly operating costs are so outrageous for student pilots.

Mike Danko - November 17, 2012 9:47 AM

Thanks for the numbers Aaron.

But the issue is not how many crashes involve post-crash fires, the issue is how many *otherwise survivable* crashes involve post-crash fires. So your data isn't really all that relevant.

There really is no question now but that no one should be burned in an otherwise survivable helicopter crash. See the discussion here => http://www.aviationlawmonitor.com/2009/06/articles/claims-and-defenses/no-one-should-suffer-burn-injuries-in-a-survivable-helicopter-crash/

So I'm not sure about the point you are trying to make.

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