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Video: Chinese Helo Barely Makes Landing at Sea

by John Reed on June 21, 2012

Get seasick or airsick easily? If yes, then watch this video and then go throw up.

I’ve seen some rough-looking landings of helicopters at sea but this one takes first prize. It shows a Chinese navy Kamaov Ka-28 nearly crashing onto the stern of what looks like a Type 54 frigate while attempting to land in rough seas.

Click through the jump for the video and try not to puke.

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Russ June 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Any landing you walk away from…

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tribulationtime June 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Sorry censureman. Your parent page Military post a video about a die marine. Thats was edited, the voice is not the original, a longer video of 9 min, you can see it in youtube

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tribulationtime June 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I know this is not the place but the highlines, turn the video in a ugly joke.

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Jeff M June 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm

The Chinese send a crowd of guys out onto the deck to hold on to the helicopter at the end… if that helicopter were going to tip over there was nothing they could do to stop it, it would have mowed all of those men in half. Should have just let the engines spin down before running out there to help.

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Prodozul June 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm

eh…They got the men to spare…

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Brian Black June 22, 2012 at 7:21 am

Aren't they trying to secure it; rather than trying to hold on to it?

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nany259 June 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm

And this is why the Royal Canadian Navy created the Beartrap.

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MGC June 21, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Looks like the PLAN is going to start installing an 'indiginous' RAST system very soon. Blue water is ugly stuff and has a very steep learning curve.

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JackBlack June 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm

In communist China you save the chopper not vice versa.
First of there is no tail rotor, which has always been a problem of that design, second the crosswind would blow a whale not a helo, so what is the big surprise here, like the winds never blow or this does not happen everywhere. Sure ok, the news is interesting but not front page interesting.

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Thomas L. Nielsen June 21, 2012 at 11:50 pm

"First of there is no tail rotor, which has always been a problem of that design,…"

And that is a problem why?

Regards & all,

Thomas L. Nielsen
Luxembourg

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cozine June 22, 2012 at 10:07 am

Can't keep ideology out of a helo landing huh?

Show me how you save the pilot without saving the helo first in this case, in your democratic vision.

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kjjohn June 25, 2012 at 10:17 pm

The no-tail rotor coaxial design is actually far better than conventional helos. More stable, and easier to fly. Plus, the aircraft cannot be disabled by a tail hit.

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jsallison June 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Not only could the pile-it walk away, but it looks like you could reuse the helo, too. That would make it a great landing.

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Riceball June 25, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Pile-it? What's a pile-it?

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Chuck June 21, 2012 at 6:37 pm

To me, looked more like the pilot got nervous at the last second and started overcompensating. He's rocking the helicopter back and forth. Or could that be from turbulent air as the wind whips around the ship?

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Lance June 21, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Prove naval Aviation is dangerous for all Navies.

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Guest June 21, 2012 at 10:34 pm

How re they going to land on that shiny new carrier?

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Zee June 21, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Their is a reason the USA doesn't use dual rotters, they carry more weight and are cheaper but you lose maneuverability.

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Thomas L. Nielsen June 22, 2012 at 6:43 am

"Their is a reason the USA doesn't use dual rotters…."

Does that mean that the second big whirlygig-thingy on the CH-46 and CH-47 is just a cooling fan? Or did I misinterpret the word "rotters"?

Regards & all,

Thomas L. Nielsen
Luxembourg

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blight_ June 22, 2012 at 9:30 am

I assume you meant

"There is a reason the US doesn't procure helicopters with coaxial rotors…"

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Stratege June 24, 2012 at 11:55 am

The attack chopper Kamov KA-50 has twin coaxial contra-rotating rotors and it has the best maneuverability in its class.

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kjjohn June 25, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Coaxial rotors are far more maneuverable than conventional rotors, and where did you hear they were cheaper? Coaxial gearboxes are much more complex than conventional ones.

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Mike June 21, 2012 at 11:14 pm

two words: "learning curve"…and, like MGC said, a mighty steep one, at that.

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Mikeldy June 22, 2012 at 4:44 am

The Chinese are in for their share of Forrestals while they try to create their blue water navy. Until they start treating their people like humans, I wish them nothing but the worst What a miserable country to defend with one's life!

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blight_ June 22, 2012 at 9:31 am

Well, we'll see. Long as they don't have Zuni rockets that go off on their own or some guy who decides to hot start.

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cs4 June 22, 2012 at 9:55 am

And I am sure the Chinese will wish you even worse. Your country evolved for 200 years to get to what you have today, and you expect others to do it within your lifetime? Are you kidding me? Just let them do what is needed at their own pace.

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Mikeldy June 23, 2012 at 2:05 am

The Chinese have had 5000 years to get it together…….

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cs4 June 23, 2012 at 11:10 am

Yeah, and you are born with freedom written on your forehead and holding democracy as a rattler.

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Speedy June 24, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Please note: I can't see the vid at work.

With the above in mind… I thought helicopters dropped a cable to the deck of ships in rough weather, this was attached and the helicopter was winched down… The cable then held the copter in place as well as stopping it going for a swim.

Surely there is a design for these on a secure Defence network the chinese can hack and steal??

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SeaSnake22 June 25, 2012 at 11:51 pm

That was an awful approach. Horrible technique, no good idea of how to land on board a rolling ship at sea. Maybe it was his first time? Watch the other video of the Lynx landing on a Dutch ship. Obviously a much more experienced pilot.

As for the comment about contra rotating rotor blades, there is no loss in maneuverability. The KA-50 can do loops. The disadvantage is in longitudinal stability and control in terms of aiming a gun. A conventional single main rotor and tail rotor combination is better. That is why most all gunship designs have a tail rotor.

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blight_ June 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Link to other video?

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Joseph November 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm

If they can barely land a helo then what is going to happen when they try to land their stealth fighter during its test flight?

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navy259 June 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Beartrap come in really handy for situations like this

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