Prom Chopper Strikes Power Lines On The Way To The Dance!

This Robinson R44 made a seemingly careful approach right into power lines. Luckily, the R44's blades took the beating and kept on turning as the chopper landed safely just a couple dozen feet below the impact.

Power lines are a serious danger to helicopters as they can be tough to spot before it is too late. Some choppers, such as the Bell 206/OH-58, are equipped with wire cutters, knows a the Wire Strike Protection System, that automatically trap and snap the line as they impact the fuselage, but the Robinson series lacks this safety measure.

In the end, the prom goers cheated death before their big night which probably helped them have a very memorable evening later on in the night.

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