Playground Safety – Rotorcraft Accident in California

 

Playgrounds are probably the most loved place by kids. This is where kids forget about the world and just play their hearts out. This is also where kids meet other kids and create new friends. More than kids, parents and guardians enjoy the benefits of having playgrounds as well. Parents are able to take a break and just let their kids play.Most playgrounds are safe. The location of a playground is carefully selected. The facilities, the construction, and the surroundings are all designed for maximum fun plus security for the kids.


However, it isn’t all the time playgrounds are a hundred percent safe. Some playgrounds are located in very populated locations, making it a little bit less safer. Some are old with broken facilities that can endanger kids playing. Basically, there are tons of reasons why a playground can become unsafe.Probably one of the weirdest incidents that happened in a playground was the one in San Jose, California. One bright afternoon, just about 2 in the afternoon, a playground in the said city was full of kids and parents enjoying a warm afternoon. It was quite a huge playground that has a vast array of facilities. It was estimated to have around a hundred people that afternoon.


Kyle was babysitting his younger sister, 3 year old Rita. They just arrived at the playground around 1:30 in the afternoon. When they arrived, it was quite a busy ground and there was a lot of playing, kids screaming and shouting, parents chatting. Rita was busy enjoying the mini swing that was always her favorite. Kyle was just behind her looking af er while busy with his iPad. Everyone’s just basically doing their own thing.


However, at around 2:30 in the afternoon, everything went from a perfect day to a nightmare. The kid’s laughter was suddenly replaced by a loud, thunderous sound of an engine that quickly nearing the park. It wasn’t clear in the first few seconds where it was coming. Another few seconds dark smoke started showing in the sky and it was pretty apparent at that moment that the sound and smoke came from a single source. Soon after, a rotorcraft just emerged from the sky. It was on fire and coming down to the ground fast. Everyone in the playground panicked and started running to different directions. Kyle quickly grabbed Rita and they both ran to a huge tree just a few meters away from the playground. Kyle witnessed every moment of the crash.


The rotorcraft eventually crash-landed 10 meters from the playground. If it went a few meters more towards the playground, it would have been a disaster. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Two people who were flying the craft ejected in time and the location of the impact was far enough from people.Though the accident was not fatal to anybody, it still raises the question for everybody. Are outdoor playgrounds totally safe? 

 

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