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Helicopter Crash In Glasgow

 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 5:24 am    Post subject: Helicopter Crash In Glasgow Reply with quote

A police helicopter has crashed into pub on the banks of the Clyde in central Glasgow. There is a current fire and rescue operation is establish how many fatalities there are.

http://news.sky.com/story/1175697/police-helicopter-crashes-into-glasgow-pub-roof
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Police have said there were eight fatalities.

Tragic accident, and a strange one, very rare for this type of helicopter to drop uncontrollably from the sky. It has two engines which normally should always allow some pilot control to make a safe landing. Not many reasons why it would fail catastrophically; instrument failure or run out of fuel are possibilities, but the latter would be most unlikely as the civilian pilot has training and focus on maintaining and piloting the copter, his mind would be on nothing else.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tragic whatever the cause, well done to the emergency services for saving so many lives.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A sad happening but very lucky that far more people weren't killed or injured

Many people walked out suffering from nothing more than cuts and bruises and shock - really a miracle given the circumstances
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As one who has never cared one way or the other about the ordination of women as priests/vicars/bishops, I must say that the female moderator of the Church of Scotland who appeared on BBC news on Sunday morning spoke eloquently and compassionately on this tragic event. Her church should be proud of her - I was most impressed.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ruddlescat wrote:

Many people walked out suffering from nothing more than cuts and bruises and shock - really a miracle given the circumstances


I'm surprised there wasn't more of an inferno after the crash... I assume the helicopter runs on aviation fuel of some type? perhaps the tanks self seal in the event of a crash...
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The fuel is not very flammable, I heard someone say on TV today as they were lifting out the wreckage. To cut out suddenly suggests possibly a problem developed with the fuel supply.

Nine fatalities now.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John W wrote:
The fuel is not very flammable, I heard someone say on TV today as they were lifting out the wreckage. To cut out suddenly suggests possibly a problem developed with the fuel supply.

Nine fatalities now.


Some people did say it sounded like it was misfiring.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SantaFefan wrote:
ruddlescat wrote:

Many people walked out suffering from nothing more than cuts and bruises and shock - really a miracle given the circumstances


I'm surprised there wasn't more of an inferno after the crash... I assume the helicopter runs on aviation fuel of some type? perhaps the tanks self seal in the event of a crash...

It's most probably Jet A1 fuel that this helecopter would have used. Being a turbine powered helicopter.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The helicopter looked far more intact than I thought it would be after crashing... I always assume they are very flimsy affairs.
Perhaps it wasn't that high.
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