A remote-control helicopter struck and killed an experienced teen hobbyist at Calvert Vaux Park in Brooklyn on Thr. ABC News reports Sept. 6 that 19-year-old Roman Pirozek, Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene after he was struck by a model helicopter blade.
The Seaview Rotary Wings Helicopter Club is allowed to fly their remote-controlled model helicopters in certain areas and they often fly model aircraft from a field at the park where Pirozek, Jr. died. His father, Roman Pirozek is vice-president of the helicopter club.
Police have not released information regarding the model and type of helicopter that killed the teen. It was added in the report that a July YouTube video posted by the teen was seen flying a T-Rex 700N DFC. It was seen flying at "high speeds in lateral and vertical jolts."
The T-Rex 700N DFC is known to be one of the larger makes of model helicopters, according to the report. They measure "almost 4 1/2-foot wingspan and can reach speeds of up to 60 mph but is used primarily for tricky, acrobatic maneuvers." It is a difficult model to operate. If they stop working, pilot error or equipment failure is typically the reason.
Someone getting killed by a remote-control helicopter is extremely rare. This might be only the second death in the United States from such an incident.