Hovercraft decapitates owner on test drive

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A man was decapitated in front of his partner as he was test-driving a hovercraft he had built at home.

The 40-year-old was operating the hovercraft for the first time when something went wrong with the engine, causing a blade to strike his head.

Sergeant Colin Nuttall, from the Waitemata police serious crash unit, said the man died instantly when the accident happened about midday on Sunday with his partner and a next-door neighbour looking on.

The man built the hovercraft at his west Auckland home from a kitset.

Mr Nuttall did not know where he bought it or if he had experience with hovercraft kitsets.

"He took it up there for a test run. It was the first time he'd tried to drive it, but I'm not sure if it was the first time he'd started it up," he said.

"His partner and neighbour were there at the time, they saw it."

The investigation was in its early stages, and an engineer who was a hovercraft expert was assisting police.

"He's going to come in and have a look at the device and tell us what his feelings are about how it's been built and everything else - how it failed and why it failed."

Mr Nuttall said anyone could build or fly a hovercraft in New Zealand. No licence was needed to operate them.

"As far as we can tell at this stage, it's completely unregulated.

"The only thing you can't do is use it on a road.

"You'd need a warrant of fitness and registration for that, and you'll never get something like that warranted or registered."

A former member of the Hovercraft Club of New Zealand, Ashley Shaw, said the craft were generally safe. He had built his own from scratch.

"To make them, it's a piece of cake. I designed my own," he said.

"Hovercraft are inherently very, very safe and simple devices. They are quite stable."

Maritime New Zealand is assisting police with the investigation.

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fletcher

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So he built a hovercraft, nothing to lose your head over.
 

Mags

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I guess god needed a mechanically inept Kiwi.
 

ruckstande

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A hovercraft club? Who were the members? Him and the walls?
 

afternoonquil

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Sounds like an upside down story to me
 
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This doesn't make any sense to me... Any decent hovercraft design has a shroud covering the prop, how does one get decapitated? I'd really like to hear more about the actual accident, but obviously that's not going to happen.

That made me laugh.
 

MagicBob

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it made his head hover over his body or sumpthin... tssttss...
 

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Haha, I don't know if it is funny or sad that we posted that at the same time. Great minds or something.
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And just to save everyone the effort, I'll just post the fucking video:

[video=youtube;G6D1YI-41ao]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6D1YI-41ao[/video]
 

THE FEZ MAN

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This doesn't make any sense to me... Any decent hovercraft design has a shroud covering the prop, how does one get decapitated? I'd really like to hear more about the actual accident, but obviously that's not going to happen.
want to bet that moron had also circumvented every single safety device on every one of his tools also? i know plenty of retards that live buy the credo "it wont happen to me" and do stupid shit all the time.... like test driving there hover craft with no shroud or cover of any kind on there prop.
 

Josh_R

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Oh that's right the hovercraft club. That explains the serious crash unit. Just buy a boat AND a car you indecisive fucks.
Having said that, how bad ass would it be to be in a hovercraft club?