Vancouver Student Killed by Helicopter– Canada blames ipod for death

Loud iPod headphones have been partly blamed after an oblivious student was hit and killed by a helicopter.

Isaiah Otieno was listening to music while walking down the street – only to be struck by the aircraft that had crashed to the ground.

The 23-year-old Canadian was dragged along the pavement in Vancouver and died of his injuries. The pilot and two passengers were also killed.

Now the tragedy has prompted a debate on whether there ought to be more restrictions on the volume of headphones attached to personal music players.

Witnesses said Mr Otieno seemed oblivious to any danger, while listening to his iPod using in-ear headphones passed through the hood of his shirt.

The student had arrived in Canada to study two years ago, after growing up in Kenya.

Isaiah’s father Dalmas Otieno, Kenya’s minister of state for public service, said: “Everybody is just shattered here.

“They’re just praying that they have enough strength to go through all this.

“He was a brilliant student, very considerate, very aggressive at times. He had strong leadership qualities.”

In the US, New York Democratic Senator Carl Kruger tried to pass a bill banning pedestrians from listening iPods and other music players as they cross the road.

The British charity Deafness Research UK last year promoted a campaign with a similar aim.

After the latest tragedy, British Columbia University audiologist Lorienne Jenstad said: “There are a lot of beliefs and assumptions right now on how dangerous this headphone use is, but currently no data to back them up.

“In our own informal tests, we’ve found that the range of volume used is very wide – from moderate to levels that are potentially able to cut out all background noise.”

Vancouver-based digital music consultant Geordon Hoag said: “The average downtown street registers at around 60 decibels.

“A jet plane flying overhead is generally quoted at 120 to 130 decibels.

“If you are playing your music loud enough to cut out that level of noise, then you have it cranked to a degree that is damaging your hearing.”



How the fuck does this spark a debate over ipod headphones? A helicopter smashing into building windows and ultimatly falling like a rock into any pedistrians below isnt exactly an avoidable feat. WTF?


2 Responses to “Vancouver Student Killed by Helicopter– Canada blames ipod for death”

  1. May 18, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Um, how can you be oblivious to a helicopter falling from the sky?

  2. 2 thewhiterocket
    May 20, 2008 at 9:54 am

    this is rediculous. The real question what was he listening to? was it 50 cent or MGMT? who is the real party responsible for this…

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