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Hellicopter crashes at Vauxhall in London


Jock1e
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Helicopter crashes in flames at Vauxhall in London Near the Bus station.

It appears that it hit a Crane on top of a building before falling to the ground in flames.

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bumpkin

"A helicopter can hit a crane and the exit turnstile breaks resulting in death and injury but kids can.t throw snowballs or play conkers"

The two things aren't remotely connected, but I'm glad your son is OK.

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bumpkin

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I was referring to the way Health & Safety regulations are applied. Sometimes to the most trivial things and yet what happened this morning can still occur, there have already been issues raised regarding the lighting of the crane (not that I can really say)just what I saw on the TV.

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csqwared

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Recently saw a programme on TV that suggested helicopters can only fly "if the ground is visible". Given the reports regarding weather conditions at the time one wonders if the flight was advisable. Having said that it seems the pilot was extremely experienced having worked for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and flown on Bond films.

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Al94

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Weather conditions can change extremely quickly.

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Woolwell

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bumpkin - I think that you'll find that this accident has nothing whatsoever to do with Health and Safety regulations.

csqwared - onthelimt1 is the best person to answer this but I've flown many hours in helicopters too. I wish I could have been grounded when I couldn't see the ground but that isn't a problem but hovering generally requires external references. I state generally as there are helos that can auto hover over the sea.

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morddwyd

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If the evening news bulletins are to be believed the pilot had asked for, and been given, a diversion.

Those who live down there will know better than I, but I would have thought that the skies above London are controlled airspace, and the aircraft would have been under Air Traffic radar surveillance.

The structure was fully notified in advices to pilots, though since he was on a diversion it probably was not on his briefed route so how come they allowed him in that area?

Since he's no longer around to defend himself, it will doubtless, as usual. be put down to "Pilot Error"

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Jock1e

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You have to ask why was he flying so low.

It looks like the mist had to be part of the problem and maybe he got temporarily lost or confused to where he was But surely there must be some equipment on board that would tell him that he was flying to low.

I suppose time will tell he did ask to get re routed because of the mist.Maybe he got the wrong instructions.

Probably take a few months for all of the information to be gathered so will class this as resolved.But feel free to add to it if you would like to.

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bumpkin

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If a helicopter flies over London and crashes into a crane then it wasn't safe.

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bumpkin

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Easy to say in hindsight, I will shut up :-)

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SillBill

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If the pilot was unfamiliar with the area and the visibility was pretty awful then it's not surprising that he didn't expect an obstruction at 600 feet! After all it is supposed to be, or will be, the highest occupied building in Europe.

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