Freak helicopter death turns into an anti-iPod story

Freak helicopter death turns into an anti-iPod story

Summary: Is it me of has this story of death by helicopter been hijacked by the anti-iPod brigade?

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Is it me of has this story of death by helicopter been hijacked by the anti-iPod brigade?

The death of a pedestrian in Cranbrook, B.C., on Tuesday has raised the question of how loud is too loud when it comes to listening to iPods and other personal music players.

Isaiah Otieno, a 23-year-old student, was killed when he was struck and dragged by a helicopter that crashed to the ground as he was walking to the mailbox.

Now, I don't know about you, but iPod or no iPod, I really don't expect to be crushed horribly from above by a wildly flailing helicopter when picking up my mail. On top of that, I really don't fancy my chances of dodging an inbound chopper whether I was wearing earphones or not.

If you ask me, this story should be about helicopter safety, not iPod safety. While there may well be contraindications to having earphones blaring at full output, that's nothing to being hit by a helicopter. 

Now excuse me while I bung my Sennheisers into my ear canals and go pick up the mail.

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  • Completely agree, but...

    Well, I dont know the details of the story, but every helicopter I have been near has been damned loud.

    If the unfortunate victim didn't hear it coming, he was probably doing damage to his hearing with his iPod.

    I suffer from bad hearing and tinnitus, as a result of too many years playing guitar - maybe not on the Ted Nuggent/Jeff Beck scale of hearing damage, but younger folks should take care of their hearing.
    TheTruthisOutThere@...
    • ...

      I suffer from bad hearing and tinnitus, as a result of too many years playing drums, shooting guns, being exposed to HE weapons and concussion grenades and loud engineering spaces... I "hear" ya! ;) ]:)
      Linux User 147560
      • blimey.

        [i]as a result of too many years playing drums, shooting guns, being exposed to HE weapons and concussion grenades and loud engineering spaces[/i]

        Your gigs must be, er, exciting ;-)
        TheTruthisOutThere@...
    • How do we know he didn't hear it?

      I mean seriously, he's dead. You can't really ask him now can you? On top of that does everyone scatter when a helicopter is going by overhead? I know I don't. I might look up but probably I'd ignore it with the expectation that it isn't going to drop on me.

      This is silly! If I had a IPOD and helicopter was flying by I'd probably turn it up to drown out he noise.
      voska1
      • He did. He just couldn't get out of the way.

        I don't care if you have a 200 watt iPod stuck in your ear. You ARE going to hear a crashing helicopter coming your way. Unless you are deaf there is just no way around that.

        Let's face it. It's pretty hard to dodge a falling helicopter.
        BitTwiddler
  • disturbing

    I think it is disturbing that people in our society take a report of such a tragic accident and spin it for some irrelevant point or as a macabre joke. Seems sort of sociopathic....
    rehabeng
    • I do not believe that they were

      trying to make a macabre joke out of it, but in truth it does once again raise the issue of the serious hearing damage that can be caused by listening to music at the insane level some of the kids today tend to keep it at.

      Like smoking and the like, there are long term ramifications to listening to any noise at those levels they may have to deal wit later on in life, so why pretend it won't?

      Besides, He's out in public with a thousand other people, shouldn't he keep all his senses available as to not be a danger or nuisance to those around him?
      GuidingLight
  • Happens all the time

    This happens all the time. For instance, anything negative that has any connection with MS in any way is always spun into some negative anti-MS love-fest. Remember how terrorists used MS Flight Sim to "train" themselves, and therefore MS was evil? Are we saying that it is ok to do it in MS's case, but not in Apple's case?

    PS, not trying to minimize the tragic event, just talking to the main point of [b]this[/b] particular ZDNet story.
    Qbt
  • That's not his problem ...

    The iPod wasn't his problem. The problem was heavy metal. ...
    Rick_R
    • In more ways than one

      [i]The iPod wasn't his problem. The problem was heavy metal. ... [/i]

      In more ways than one. Ouch. ;)
      klumper
  • RE: Freak helicopter death turns into an anti-iPod story

    Plenty of witnesses saw and heard the helicopter and realised it was in trouble long befor it plunged to earth killing the unfortunate pedestrian. There is little doubt his iPod impaired his ability to hear normal and abnormal environmental sounds. Had he had his normal situational awareness, like those other witnesses, he too would have heard and seen the machine in plenty of time to avoid being in its path when it eventually crashed.
    RichardFH
    • Not going far enough

      This is ridiculous - I can hardly believe I'm posting on this...

      A _HELICOPTER_ hit him.

      Had he been vacuuming in his house, swimming, at an outdoor rock concert, tripping over his shoelaces, having noisy sex - this would have been seen as an unavoidable tragedy.

      But turning his ipod too loud? Obviously laws MUST be put in place to...prevent pedestrians being hit by helicopters?

      Where are the short-shoelace lobbyists?
      AndyCee
  • Because the eye witness said...

    [i]Eyewitnesses reported that Mr. Otieno seemed completely unaware that he was in danger[/i]

    Other than that, I really dont know any more details.

    I was commenting on the more general fact that plenty of people are doing real damage to their hearing everyday, by listening to music as excessive volumes.
    TheTruthisOutThere@...
  • Good grief... A Helicopter fell on the poor guys head...

    An iPod had nothing to do with it. It was pure bad luck...
    BitTwiddler
  • Could be a future CSI episode

    Can't wait.
    ZStoner
  • RE: Freak helicopter death turns into an anti-iPod story

    Where exactly in the article does it turn into a "anti-iPod
    story?" The woman at the end makes a comment about being
    horrified by iPod-wearing cyclists, but to me, the article goes
    out its way to avoid targeting iPods specifically.

    Matt A
    mattand
  • RE: Freak helicopter death turns into an anti-iPod story

    Not enough info.
    1. If the helo crashed because the engine failed, there is no noise while
    helo performs autorotation.
    2. Classic UH-1 or Cobra is loud, mostly due to popping or slapping sound
    made by rotors under power. Modern helo blade designs are more quiet than
    older types.

    Ian Robinson
    Salem, OH
    FitchKendall@...
  • It's all about sensationalist stories

    Of which I've seen my share here on ZDNet as well. There's an actual responsibility when telling a story as a reporter, you know?

    However, I don't see how this could be brought as an anti-DAP campaign.
    gmureddu@...
  • RE: Freak helicopter death turns into an anti-iPod story

    I would not state that the Helicopter killed him because of the defining I-Pod. The bigger picture is Noise in the ears by any device, especially ones that go into the ear channel. He could have been run over by a speeding Fire Engine, an Ambulance, or a Police car or just by a careless driver. If you are going to blast the music then that person MUST become more diligent in watching their environments for traffic or even animals! Heck that person could have been so wrapped up in the music they could have missed the curb and done a flip and broke there neck and died, hum?. Suicide by I-Pod <G> Basically get real media and bloggers!
    jstubblefield@...