Video: Helicopter crashes during stunt filming for Top Gear Korea

A show like Top Gear invites so many risks, especially when it comes to doing stunts on moving objects traveling at great speeds on the road.

Or sometimes, in the sky.

What you are watching isn’t a stunt, nor is it the result of digital effects. That, ladies and gentlemen, is an actual AH1 Cobra military helicopter that’s on its way to crashing. The accident took place at the Coolidge Airport in Coolidge, Arizona while filming a high-profile stunt for the first episode of Top Gear Korea. You might be wondering what Top Gear Korea is doing filming in the US, but that’s inconsequential at this point.

What’s important is that while the scene looks incredibly scary, nobody was seriously injured or killed when the helicopter slammed into the ground. Everything was going smoothly until the pilot of the chopper lost control of his bird, sending it hurtling down the ground faster than anybody could yell "watch out!"

According to Coolidge Police Chief Joe Brugman, the pilots walked out of the crash relatively unscathed after helicopter’s safety gear sprung into action moments before the helicopter hit the ground. No word yet on whether there were any mechanical failures from the retired chopper that could have led to the accident, but at this point, we’re relieved that nobody was seriously harmed from the entire debacle.


Source: YouTube

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  (415) posted on 06.28.2012

The issue in here is that no one is hurt and killed. I think it’s a mechanical failure that causes the helicopter to crash.

  (429) posted on 05.18.2012

It seems like Top Gear Korea is not aware of the advice, “safety first”.

  (474) posted on 05.15.2012

So I guess this has become some sort of an alert to Top Gear to be more efficient in checking before conducting things?

  (434) posted on 05.14.2012

It is fortunate for the pilot himself that he knew what to do in that situation. However, that fact doesn’t spare Top Gear’s uselessness when it comes to mishaps like this.

  (427) posted on 04.19.2012

The pilot just got lucky because of his good handling skill, which was proven useful in kind of situation.

  (428) posted on 03.28.2012

I can’t believe all you people who doubts this incident. Yeah, Top Gear is wealthy and can waste lives of innovations if they want, but you have to remember that a pilot was there, and they wouldn’t risk lives of people. On the other hand, it’s fortunate for that pilot not to panic; his brain was still properly functional.

  (306) posted on 03.28.2012

I’m quite shaken to know that this wasn’t fake. I admire the pilot, nevertheless, for being quick-witted and safe.

  (467) posted on 03.8.2012

This gave me goosebumps! But doesn’t this just prove that its safety gear is really fast-acting and reliable?

  (296) posted on 03.7.2012

I feel absurd to ask once again but is this for real? The drop seems overly dramatic, even when they approached the debris. Thank God, nobody was physically hurt.

  (530) posted on 03.6.2012

Why did it crash in the first place? It was fortunate that no one got injured or worse, got killed. It seriously seems like those fake crashes in the movies, the fragments of the helicopter and all are appalling to see scattered around.

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