Monday, September 23, 2013

Teenager killed in remote-control helicopter accident

On KEN P.D. SNYDECAST #203: Trek-a-doodle Dana mentions the horrible accident where a man was partially decapitated by an RC helicopter.

Here are some details from The NY Post:

A Queens teenager’s obsession with high-powered model helicopters ended in gruesome death yesterday, when one of his beloved toy whirlybirds spun out of control in a Brooklyn park and scalped him, sources said.
Roman Pirozek, 19, — a chopper aficionado who bragged about his exploits on YouTube — was piloting the small machine at Calvert Vaux Park in Gravesend at around 3:40 p.m., when something went horribly wrong, cops said.
The toy aircraft turned toward the teen as he tried to pull off an unusual stunt. It hit him at high speed with the rotors spinning into his head and taking out “good chunk,” law enforcement sources said.
A handful of his friends watched in horror.

Read more here.

The high-end RC helicopter has a blade span of 62 inches, with a rotor that spins at more than 2,000rpm. It weighs a little over six pounds.