Helicopter of Microsoft's Paul Allen makes Emergency Landing

Reuters is reporting that a helicopter from the megayacht Octopus, owned by Microsoft's co-founder Paul Allen, has made an emergency landing on water in Argentina's far south on Monday, but there were no injuries, the coast guard said.

It was not immediately clear who was aboard the helicopter, which landed in frigid waters off the southern city of Ushuaia.

Update: Paul Allen's spokesman said neither billionaire Allen nor co-founder Bill Gates were on board. He said a co-pilot was injured and were being taken to hospital. Source: Reuters.

Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates and is one of the wealthiest people in the world with a personal wealth of US$12.7 billion as of 2010. Allen officially resigned from his position on the Microsoft board in November 2000 but was asked to consult as a senior strategy advisor to the company's executives. He sold 68 million shares of Microsoft stock that year, but still owns a reported 138 million shares.

The "Octopus" Yacht, owned by Paul Allen, is 414 feet long and was built in 2003. It was believed to be the biggest such yacht at the time of its construction. It is currently the world's 11th largest superyacht, and the third largest superyacht not owned by a head of state. This yacht cost around $200 million to build.

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Did the helicopter have some sort of automated emergency landing function, making this 'news article' remotely relevant to a tech website? Or is this front page news solely because it involves Paul Allen, regardless of the content of the story itself?

Next, we'll be seeing front page news articles on which brand of toilet paper Steve Jobs uses. Stay tuned for more!

Neobond said,
Well, he's only the co-founder of Microsoft

If Richard Stallman or Linus Torvalds' house burnt down, bet I would not see it posted here.

tiagosilva29 said,

If Richard Stallman or Linus Torvalds' house burnt down, bet I would not see it posted here.

*sigh*

tiagosilva29 said,

If Richard Stallman or Linus Torvalds' house burnt down, bet I would not see it posted here.

I remember that guy from Google (I think it was Google?) who went missing in the middle of no-where when he was with his family and was later found dead. That made a pretty big news article on here.

Point is, don't be such an arse. If Linus's house burnt down and no-one knew where he was i.e. like this incident, I'm sure it'll be on here as well.

tiagosilva29 said,

If Richard Stallman or Linus Torvalds' house burnt down, bet I would not see it posted here.

whats up with richard vs paul thing going on here

Tony. said,

I remember that guy from Google (I think it was Google?) who went missing in the middle of no-where when he was with his family and was later found dead. That made a pretty big news article on here.

Point is, don't be such an arse. If Linus's house burnt down and no-one knew where he was i.e. like this incident, I'm sure it'll be on here as well.


You mean the guy from CNET who's family survived, but he died trying to find help?

tiagosilva29 said,

If Richard Stallman or Linus Torvalds' house burnt down, bet I would not see it posted here.

Then you're crazy