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Apache Helicopter Ground Impact

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In the video, an Apache Helicopter is seen circling the air erratically, and people on the ground can be heard commenting on its path. To everyone’s surprise, the helicopter hits the ground during landing and crashes as the pilot apparently loses control of the aircraft. No one was killed or injured during the accident.

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About The Boeing AH-64 Apache

The Boeing AH-64 Apache, more commonly known as just the Apache Helicopter, is an American-made, four-blade, twin-turboshaft combat aircraft that was designed specifically to be a lean killing machine. It was a tailwheel-type landing gear and a cockpit big enough for only two crew members. Both crew members can fly the helicopter while engaging in gunfire. Shielding between the cockpits also make it more likely for at least one of the pilots to survive and land the aircraft.

The helicopter is fitted with a nose-mounted sensor system for target acquisition and night vision capabilities, and is armed with a 30mm M230 chain gun under the forward fuselage. It also has four hardpoints that generally carry a combination of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rocket pods. The Apache also has redundancy in place to make it survive battle longer. The compartment and rotor blades were made to survive hits from 23mm rounds and the airframe has protection, plus a self-sealing fuel system to protect against ballistics.

The helicopter has also been tested to meet crash-worthiness requirements. It can climb vertically up to 1,775 fpm on days with normal temperatures, but is reduced to 1,595 fpm on extremely hot days. One of its best features is the helmet mounted display, which has the Integrated Helmet and Display Sighting System (IHADSS) where the crew members can attach the helicopter’s gun to their helmets, allowing it to point wherever they look.

The Apache is the primary attack helicopter of the US Army, but it is also being used heavily by countries like Japan, Greece, Israel, the Netherlands, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. The Apaches, or AH-64s, have been seen in many conflicts, including the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

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