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A Helicopter Fell Into a Volcano But It Was a Lucky Day

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A helicopter spinning out of control and going down sounds like a nightmare. But just imagine this uncontrolled helicopter is falling into the mouth of an active, gurgling volcano! Unfortunately, this isn’t a tale created by my vivid imagination or a new episode of a disaster TV series; it’s a true story that happened more than 20 years ago.

One of the youngest helicopter pilots ever 0:35
They were supposed to do filming runs of the Kilauea Volcano 1:10
It happened when the helicopter started its third pass over the volcano 1:50
They accidentally got into a cloud of volcanic steam 2:27
It must’ve been a lucky day 3:14
Two team members were in a dangerous situation 4:27
One decided to continue the climb... 4:59
Without food or sleep, terrified and exhausted 5:58
Other cases when people survived a fall into a volcano crater 7:13

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- There were two other members on this little team: freelance cameraman Michael Benson and freelance film technician Christopher Duddy. The crew's helicopter was the Bell 206B-III. Equipped with 2 cameras, the helicopter was supposed to do filming runs of the Kilauea Volcano on the Hawaiian Islands.
- Everything went as planned until the helicopter started its third pass over the volcano. Just a couple of seconds before the crew reached the center of the crater, disaster struck.
- It happened lightning-fast. In his attempts to save the day, Hosking accidentally got into a cloud of volcanic steam and smoke. The pilot tried to leave it by auto-rotating the helicopter down to the bottom of the crater.
- The problem was that they’d decided to continue their climb, and when the helicopter arrived, they were stuck on a high ridge, about 80 ft away from the rim. Obscured by the cloud of dense gases, they had to be left behind.
- Twenty-seven hours after the crash, at 2:30 PM, Duddy reached the rim of the crater! He was immediately taken to the hospital but was released one day later.
- Finally, at 9 AM on Monday, during a tiny break in the weather, helicopter pilot Tom Hauptman noticed Benson before the fog closed back up almost immediately.
- The cause of the accident could’ve been the volcanic gas, which caused a partial loss of engine power. Only thanks to the pilot's skills, the filming crew members got away alive and with no serious injuries.

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