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PanAm Bldg Helo Tragedy

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Nice construction stills, interviews with pilots and a passenger, and color film of the helicopters in service, enhance this already excellent 10 minute recap of the place rooftop helipads held in the imagination of the era, and how the accident ended all that commuter optimism. Also presented is a possible advanced tech version of the future.

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-10/the-return-of-rooftop-helicopter-commuting-in-new-york-city

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The Pan Am heliport had actually been closed in the late 60s due to complaints about the noise and the fear of accidents, but had been reopened only a year or so before the accident happened.      So the accident was the ultimate case of critics being able to say, "I told you so!"      It also contributed to the overall picture of the Pan Am building as the biggest white elephant skyscraper in mid-town Manhattan.

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