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Old Fri, Sep-06-2013, 08:03:41 PM   #1
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What a way to go. I read elsewhere that he was either decap'd or it took a large chunk out of his head.

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A teenage remote control helicopter enthusiast flying one in a park on Thursday was struck in the head by it and killed.

Roman Pirozek Jr., 19, was pronounced dead at a Brooklyn park near a busy parkway, and initial reports suggested he was killed by the helicopter's blade, police said.

The accident occurred in Calvert Vaux Park, where operating remote control helicopters is allowed in designated areas. A club for hobbyists, the Seaview Rotary Wings Helicopter Club, flies its aircraft from a field there.

Pirozek's father, Roman Pirozek, is a vice president of the club. He and other club members didn't return messages seeking comment Thursday.

Police said they didn't suspect any criminal act was involved in the teenager's death. They didn't immediately release the model and make of the helicopter he was flying.

In a YouTube video posted in July by someone named Roman Pirozek Jr., a T-Rex 700N DFC is shown flying around at high speeds in lateral and vertical jolts.

That particular make is on the larger side of remote control helicopters, said Rich Hanson, spokesman for the Muncie, Ind.-based Academy of Model Aeronautics, a membership group of hobbyists.

Hanson said the helicopter has an almost 4 1/2-foot wingspan and can reach speeds of up to 60 mph but is used primarily for tricky, acrobatic maneuvers.

"Flying a RC helicopter is one of the more difficult aircraft to operate," he said. "There are really two common reasons one might go out: pilot error or equipment failure."

Pirozek's death, Hanson said, likely is only the second ever caused by a remote control helicopter in the United States. He said some years ago an instructor in Texas was killed by a remote control helicopter after the student he was teaching lost control of it.

I was imagining those ones like you get at the mall but this is some srs shit right here.
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if you watch the videos... kid is DUMB AS HELL landing that fuking thing so close to himself. He obviously had no regards for safety. You don't put a landing strip next to the control tower. Idiot

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At least four witnesses watched in horror as the helicopter’s 2-feet-long carbon-fiber blades slammed into Pirozek, shearing off pieces of his scalp and slicing his neck, cops said.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/...#ixzz2e8q6XtyT

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Saw this too, pretty crazy. Took the top of his head off and apparently a big chunk of one of his shoulders too. Must be some serious blades on those things.
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Saw this too, pretty crazy. Took the top of his head off and apparently a big chunk of one of his shoulders too. Must be some serious blades on those things.
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That sucks. Those guys should wear full helmets now those blades can kill you.
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Had a buddy who bought a 600 size(slightly smaller than this one) as his first heli. Man...never thought they could do this or I would have stayed away.
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The blades are typically made of carbon fiber.
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if you watch the videos... kid is DUMB AS HELL landing that fuking thing so close to himself. He obviously had no regards for safety. You don't put a landing strip next to the control tower. Idiot
Just about everyone who flies RC helicopters flies them that close or closer. Funny how they call it a toy helicopter, they are definitely NOT toys!

I used to fly the .90 size helicopters with close to 5ft blade span and would go to some of the big events. People can do some wicked 3-D flying with them! I just couldn't get used to the $500+ crashes.
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Just about everyone who flies RC helicopters flies them that close or closer. Funny how they call it a toy helicopter, they are definitely NOT toys!

I used to fly the .90 size helicopters with close to 5ft blade span and would go to some of the big events. People can do some wicked 3-D flying with them! I just couldn't get used to the $500+ crashes.
i that's the case then most people who fly these things deserve to have their brain chopped out of their head.

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i that's the case then most people who fly these things deserve to have their brain chopped out of their head.


^ To your comment. Not the teen getting killed.
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