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(The Smoking Gun)   Pictures from Jeff Bezos' helicopter accident   ( divider line
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24342 clicks; posted to Main » on 13 Mar 2003 at 2:03 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-03-13 02:05:10 PM  
2003-03-13 02:05:56 PM  
Damn. And they said's stock was going down? Sheesh.
2003-03-13 02:06:16 PM  
He's lucky to be here.
2003-03-13 02:06:25 PM  
Too bad SRV wasn't this lucky...
2003-03-13 02:08:14 PM  
you would think he could pick up a book to teach him how to fly.... what with running the largest book selling site and all

what a putz
2003-03-13 02:08:30 PM  
Dang, I was in Alpine the next day.

Not that it really matters.
2003-03-13 02:09:34 PM  
looks like a pretty goll-derned small helicopter to be carrying four people ... must have been quite a hit when the chopper went down !
2003-03-13 02:09:39 PM  
Pictures? i see one of the crash.
2003-03-13 02:11:23 PM  
Did the ambulance charge for shipping and handling?
2003-03-13 02:12:09 PM  
serious asshat flying the damn thing

"the Gazelle copter carrying Bezos, his executive assistant, and another passenger hit a tree during take-off and crashed, winding up partially submerged in a creek."
2003-03-13 02:12:44 PM  
Man that's a small helicopter.
2003-03-13 02:13:36 PM  
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2003-03-13 02:14:29 PM  
A good landing is any landing you can Segway away from.

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2003-03-13 02:14:30 PM  
this is what happens when you try to implement "one click" landing...
2003-03-13 02:17:59 PM  
This is your helicopter on drugs!
2003-03-13 02:21:22 PM  
The crash occurred because the pilot happened to glance at Bezo's eyes and jumped out of the window in horror.
2003-03-13 02:22:21 PM  

Found on the site : Learning to Fly Helicopters (Practical Flying Series). Only $24.95, and available to ship within 24 hours. A book to add to his wishlist.

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2003-03-13 02:23:23 PM  
Pics of helicopter accidents: Bad..
Pics of SBB girls: Good!

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2003-03-13 02:27:20 PM  
It's farkers like him that are really farking up the Davis Mountains area.

Keep the fark out!
2003-03-13 02:28:11 PM  
Why would you want to fly in an aircraft that is trying it's best to throw off what is holding it up?

Auto-rotation my ass.

I have a friend that flys for the Dallas Police Department. His favorite phrease to utter upon landing is "Well, we cheated death again".
2003-03-13 02:30:10 PM  
Hmm.. "Gazelle." Ain't that one of them European jobbies?

I'm not saying anything, but one might starting wondering....
2003-03-13 02:30:34 PM  
It wasn't poor piloting; a gust of wind hit as they were lifting off. It's crap timing and not much can be done about that. Flying is still much safer than driving.
2003-03-13 02:32:48 PM  
2003-03-13 02:35:48 PM  
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2003-03-13 02:40:22 PM  
"What the fark, it is just lift versus drag versus rotation>"

"But the instructions are in German".

"What, you dumb motherfarker, you can't read German?"
2003-03-13 02:45:29 PM  
did anyone see the billy joel thing in TSG It sadi he had an operation the previous week on his nose and face...WHat do you suppose he had done? Don't go changing-
2003-03-13 02:51:04 PM  
So...has he patented helicopter crashes yet?
2003-03-13 02:55:43 PM  
I saw a helicopter crash on RealTV once, and it was crazy. The helicopter became submerged just like this one, but this huge guy ended up lifting the whole thing to get the trapped people out. It was the most spectacular thing Ive ever seen.
2003-03-13 03:04:22 PM  
Anyone else think Bezos looks like a cross between Kaiser Sosay and a muppet?
2003-03-13 03:17:11 PM  
A gust of wind! You have got to be kidding me!
That is about the lamest....
What were they trying to do? boobie surfing? Chasing gophers? Asleep at the wheel?
You call that a crash? - that's not a crash, that's a hard landing. The skids are still attached and the fuselage is mostly intact.
At least that is what we used to tell each other when I was flying in the military.
That's a giant nutin'
Oh yea, forgot. Some quasi celebrity is involved.
Quick Everyone! Look concerned!
2003-03-13 03:24:01 PM  
Who the fark is Kaiser Sosay?
2003-03-13 03:33:50 PM  
Man! Kaiser Sosay is just about the baddest ass bad guy in any movie! Check out The Ususal Suspects!
2003-03-13 03:47:16 PM  
How in the fark do you get 4 people in that helicopter?

Hmmmmmm? Maybe that craft was only designed for TWO passengers and that is what made it crash (being overloaded.)

Sure explains the lack of comment from
2003-03-13 03:55:47 PM  
Hilltop - I saw that video too. Only time I've seen somebody clean and jerk a farking helicopter. He was a pretty big boy.

Bezos = Lucky, Lucky
2003-03-13 04:04:54 PM  
Who the hell is Jeff Bezo????
2003-03-13 04:21:39 PM  
Christ, he walked away from that?

I can't talk though. I went THROUGH an SUV's rear and front windshields a few weeks back. It was bad.
2003-03-13 04:44:44 PM  
Jeff Bezos is the CEO of and I think he was Time Magazine's Man of the Year once.

And that helicopter looks like it could fit maybe 2 people, tops.
2003-03-13 04:45:10 PM  
Pictures? Wouldn't that imply more than one picture?
2003-03-13 06:22:39 PM  
looks painful...poor copter...
2003-03-13 06:25:51 PM  
That happened here in Hawaii. The guys nickname is "Tiny."

If I'm not mistaken, it's from France. Helicopter nerds, can you verify?

Excellent "Me, Myself, and Irene" ref.
2003-03-13 06:38:27 PM  
Anyone else think Lord Amazorn/Jeff Bezos looks kinda like Kevin Spacey?
2003-03-13 06:41:26 PM  
Oh geez... didn't even notice the mention of Kaiser Soze up above.
2003-03-13 06:45:32 PM  
what the hell... i wanted pictures of bezos' charred corpse, not some pathetic stream with a piece of red helicopter in it.

2003-03-13 07:10:40 PM  
Just for future reference: Keyser Söze
2003-03-13 07:43:15 PM  


"Too bad SRV wasn't this lucky..."

True, my brothah. Stevie Ray Vaughn rocked.

But I expected to see a charred mess of still smoldering wreckage, not a couple of bored deputies wandering around a pile of junk.

2003-03-13 09:36:04 PM  
OK, this is what we've got if anyone's still reading. Here's the NTSB's preliminary report:
The aircraft was an Aerospatiale SA341G. It might look smallish (especialy after it's crashed), but remember that size=weight, and the whole point is for this thing to fly. It had plenty of room for the four people on board.
What probably saved these folks was the low speeds involved. They had just lifted off the ground, and were pushed sideways by a gust of wind. If you want to compare helicopters to airplanes, then I'd rather tip over at the speed of the wind gust--say 20-40MPH (pure guessing on my part)--than get blown into trees at the 100MPH or so takeoff speed of most light fixed-wing aircraft.
2003-03-13 10:56:28 PM  
Flying in a helicopter is the next best thing to sex. Hell, it is sex! Jesus, the power in the motor, the thumping of the rotors....

Oh yes, too bad this one fell over. Glad they're all ok.
2003-03-14 01:30:40 AM  
People who enjoyed this helicopter crash also enjoyed albums by Stevie Ray Vaughn, concerts by Bill Graham, and films by Vic Morrow.

Gnarly unrelated video link:

Finally, in unrelated news, from in January:
Apple Switcher Jeremiah Cohick ended Macworld Expo San Francisco 2003 with a bang, literally. Mr. Cohick survived a helicopter crash on Friday afternoon during an aerial tour of San Francisco.
2003-03-14 10:57:06 AM  

Damn, that would really ruin your day..
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