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Guyanese man killed after helicopter crashes on Florida highway

first_imgThe helicopter on the Tampa, Florida, US highwayA Guyanese man died on Thursday in Florida when a helicopter crashed onto the Tampa, Florida, US highway on which he was driving.Dead is Deodat Ganga Persaud, 72. Persaud and his son were travelling in a Chevrolet Silverado pick-up. The son escaped with minor injuries.According to abcactionnews.com, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said that a helicopter suffered a catastrophic engine failure and made a hard landing on 50th Street at Palm River Road a little before 14:30h on Thursday.The news agency reported that Bryan Messick, 39, was piloting the helicopter while Joshua Wells, 21, was co-piloting.After the hard landing, the ABC Action News said that one of the rotor blades came off, hitting a Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck that was carrying Persaud and his son, 35-year-old Ryan Persaud. The rotor blade hit Deodat, who was a passenger in the truck.Deputies said Ryan, who was driving the truck, was transported to Tampa General Hospital.“You could start hearing the blades. I turn around and see the helicopter about like 20 feet above the air,” witness Alejandor Bou-Colon is quoted by ABC Action News as saying. “It tries to crash land in that patch of grass. But, then it kept on sliding and sliding until it hit that pole right about there and cut it in half. It was very scary. It was really close. It could’ve been us.”According to Deputies, the two people in the helicopter were highly-trained pilots and had recently been in for service. The chopper was on its way to Sarasota before pieces of its blades fell off.Dan Boggs with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) told ABC Action News reporter Michael Paluska that the helicopter is brand new.“It’s only a couple of months old. We will be doing a complete and full investigation,” Boggs said.The pilot told investigators that he had a catastrophic engine failure.“The pilot did a great job, he came in he was auto rotating which means he was using gravity to make sure the rotor blades were spinning fast enough,” Boggs said. “I looked at the surveillance video there was a truck underneath him. He made sure he did not land on the truck; he was floating it as hard as he could til the truck passed by if this had been on grass he’d of probably stopped right where he landed. He really did about the best job you can do in that situation.” The chopper is a Robinson R-44 with tail number N4046J. FlightAware tracking shows the path the helicopter took and where it crashed.The NTSB expects to release a preliminary report of their findings in a couple of weeks. It will take at least 18 months for their final report.last_img read more

HighEnd Dealer In UK Signs On To Sell Pininfarina Battista

first_img Pininfarina Battista Featured By Fully Charged: Video In Horsepower War, Rimac C_Two Proves Electric Cars Can’t Be Matched The all-electric hypercar will arrive next year.Prominent high-end car dealer H.R. Owen will be the exclusive retail partner for Pininfarina in the UK.The company, which sells Ferrari and Rolls-Royce products in the UK, as well as those from other brands, will sell and service the Italian firm’s Battista all-electric supercar from its London headquarters when it arrives next year.“We are delighted to add Automobili Pininfarina to the H.R. Owen portfolio of the world’s leading premium sports and luxury automotive brands,” said H.R. Owen CEO Ken Choo. “The Pininfarina Battista is the hypercar of the future, featuring world-beating performance and innovative EV technology in a beautiful form.More Battista News “Our hugely experienced and talented team look forward to ensuring an ownership experience as revolutionary as Battista itself,” Choo added. “The addition of Pininfarina further reinforces the vision of our owner and Berjaya Group founder, Vincent Tan, in placing H.R. Owen at the forefront of the electric revolution underway in the hypercar segment.”The Pininfarina Battista is the most powerful road car to ever come out of Italy, eclipsing all efforts from more established car ‘makers’ like Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Pagani. Rene Wollmann, who led the development team for the Mercedes-AMG One hypercar, worked on the Battista in his new role as programme director, sportscars for Automobili Pininfarina.A Rimac-supplied 120 kWh battery pack helps deliver 874 bhp and 1,694 lb-ft of torque, which is enough to rocket it from 0-60 in less than two seconds, to 186 mph in under 12 seconds, and onto a top speed of 218 mph.Just 150 Battistas will be made, each with a starting price of just under £2 million. It made its UK debut last weekend at the 77th Member’s Meeting at Goodwood. H.R Owen representatives attended the event to meet prospective customers. Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on April 13, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News Pininfarina Batista Shows Up With 1,900 HP In Londonlast_img read more