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Re: Aircraft Being Shot at in Uitenhage

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dollar wrote: Thu Jun 13, 2024 4:04 pm Early indications are that it may be a shotgun (no sights),
A lot of people run optics on shotguns these days
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Rotor kop wrote: Mon Jun 10, 2024 8:20 pm From the photos I have seen I highly doubt it is a bullet. Something else did that. Would love to know what....
The holes are too close to each other.
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jimdavis wrote: Thu Jun 13, 2024 5:51 pm How high AGL was the aircraft?

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Yes, for the 5th time. How high was the aircraft?
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Re: Aircraft Being Shot at in Uitenhage

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Fransw wrote: Fri Jun 14, 2024 10:42 am
jimdavis wrote: Thu Jun 13, 2024 5:51 pm How high AGL was the aircraft?

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Yes, for the 5th time. How high was the aircraft?
It was a chopper dude!
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Re: Aircraft Being Shot at in Uitenhage

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ACE MAN wrote: Fri Jun 14, 2024 3:34 pm
Fransw wrote: Fri Jun 14, 2024 10:42 am
jimdavis wrote: Thu Jun 13, 2024 5:51 pm How high AGL was the aircraft?

jim
Yes, for the 5th time. How high was the aircraft?
It was a chopper dude!
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Ok for the sake of asking, how high,or to make it simple, how far off the ground was the HELICOPTER when it was shot at.
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Re: Aircraft Being Shot at in Uitenhage

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Ok I don’t know , but can only assume from where that notice came . Firstly most chopper pilots are afraid of heights 🤣 secondly the area has been discussed, Jim et al knows that area well and can draw a conclusion it is below the PE TMA in an area that would average an elevation of around 1000’ given the TMA starts at 2500’ I would hazard a guess the chopper was around 500 to a max of 1500’AGL. Again I am not a chopper pilot but as an ex ATC I know they often operate at 500’AGL or below. Why , instead of taking heed of the notice , does everyone want to claim to be air law and ballistics specialists🤔
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Re: Aircraft Being Shot at in Uitenhage

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Snitch wrote: Thu Jun 13, 2024 7:19 pm
dollar wrote: Thu Jun 13, 2024 4:04 pm Early indications are that it may be a shotgun (no sights),
A lot of people run optics on shotguns these days
Interesting those optics on shotguns! a low flying chopper is an easy target for any gun/rifle...
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Any chance there is some mining (legal or illegal) in the area ?
My be shrapnel from a blast ?
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Snitch wrote: Fri Jun 14, 2024 5:56 pm Any chance there is some mining (legal or illegal) in the area ?
My be shrapnel from a blast ?
I don’t think so
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Re: Aircraft Being Shot at in Uitenhage

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Let's make some assumptions.

I want to speculate that the helicopter was no more than 20 m above the ground and stationary, or perhaps moving in on a stolen car.

For any civilian shooter to hit an aircraft in flight is nothing short of miraculous. No ways he was 500 ft AGL and in the cruise.
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Re: Aircraft Being Shot at in Uitenhage

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richard C wrote: Sun Jun 16, 2024 11:28 am Let's make some assumptions.

I want to speculate that the helicopter was no more than 20 m above the ground and stationary, or perhaps moving in on a stolen car.

For any civilian shooter to hit an aircraft in flight is nothing short of miraculous. No ways he was 500 ft AGL and in the cruise.
Ja that would make it a proverbial duck ;-) Not difficult.

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