24-year-old Indian man killed by flying rotor blade as test flight on his homemade helicopter goes horribly wrong
- Cheikh Ismail Cheikh Ibrahim, 24, killed while testing homemade helicopter
- Pictures show tail blades breaking, causing a rotor blade to hit his head
- Sheikh was rushed to hospital, succumbed to his injuries while being treated
- He had hoped to fly the helicopter on India’s Independence Day on August 15
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It’s the shocking moment a 24-year-old man was killed by a flying rotor blade after his home-made helicopter’s test flight went horribly wrong.
Mechanic Sheikh Ismail Sheikh Ibrahim had spent two years building the ultralight helicopter in Yavatmal in central India before the fatal test flight.
Footage shows Sheikh preparing the helicopter for takeoff in an empty field as his friends watch.
As the rotor blades begin to spin rapidly, the tail blades spin out of control and appear to pull away from the helicopter, spewing out debris.
It’s the shocking moment a 24-year-old man was fatally injured by a flying rotor blade after his test flight of his homemade helicopter went horribly wrong
Mechanic Sheikh Ismail Sheikh Ibrahim spent two years building the ultralight helicopter in Yavatmal, central India, before the fatal test flight
As the artisanal helicopter stops, Sheikh can be seen motionless and his friends rush to his aid
The footage shows that the rotor blades start to get out of control and one of them crashes into the pilot’s head a fraction of a second later.
A rotor blade appears to slice directly towards Sheikh’s head, smashing the helicopter’s makeshift windshield.
As the artisanal helicopter stops, Sheikh can be seen motionless and his friends rush to his aid.
Sheikh was taken to hospital in critical condition, but later succumbed to his injuries while being treated.
Sheikh, known as “Yavatmal’s Rancho” for his experiences with metalworking, had hoped to launch his “Munna Helicopter” on India’s Independence Day on August 15, according to local media.
He built the plane as a low-cost alternative for personal use and one day hoped to run his own manufacturing business, local publications report.
Sheikh, had hoped to launch his “Munna helicopter” on India’s Independence Day on August 15