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  • CosmicFuzz 16 Jan 2013 10:36:14 28,849 posts
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    What's wrong with reporting local news?
  • teamHAM 16 Jan 2013 10:50:12 3,318 posts
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    People have been complaining for a long time about low helicopter flights over London. I guess now maybe they will do something about it.
  • Trane 16 Jan 2013 10:51:58 4,060 posts
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    jablonski wrote:
    Razz wrote:
    I haven't made any jokes jablonski
    Razz wrote:
    I know right! :D
    Smiley face disagrees with you.
    Yeah Razz, how dare you be happy about the fact that you didn't die.
  • localnotail 16 Jan 2013 12:08:00 23,084 posts
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    The 2 dead were the pilot and someone on the ground apparently.

    Just heard the crane operator on the radio, he was just about to go up when it hit, having delayed his ascent in order to have a cigarette. Smoking saves lives.
  • teamHAM 16 Jan 2013 12:16:17 3,318 posts
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    Apparently the top of the crane was 770ft above sea level. So the helicopter was flying at what, 600ft ish I imagine?! Much too low.

    The usual flight path over London for a helicopter is approx 1400ft supposedly.

    Edited by teamHAM at 12:16:48 16-01-2013
  • Rusty_M 16 Jan 2013 12:16:32 5,418 posts
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    MrTomFTW wrote:
    One of my colleagues came in this morning saying "OMG it's just been on the news a helicopter has crashed into a train!"

    I couldn't help but be a bit disappointed when I read it was a crane.
    Were you expecting a scene from Mission Impossible?

    A shame that lives were lost, but a good thing the numbers are low.
  • neilka Funniest Forumite, 2014 16 Jan 2013 12:17:01 17,036 posts
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    To be fair, if you're going to die then a helicopter to the face out of the blue isn't that bad a way to go.
  • elstoof 16 Jan 2013 12:17:31 9,757 posts
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    There's a sort of heliport thing just along from there I think.
  • teamHAM 16 Jan 2013 12:26:27 3,318 posts
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    The London Heliport/Battersea Helipad.

    They've already said the helicopter hadn't been in contact with them prior to the crash.
  • RyanDS 16 Jan 2013 12:41:00 10,675 posts
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    Hmm... turns out I watched it take off this morning, my window by my desk overlooks the airfield it took off from.

    Puts a damper on it all and brings it closer to home.
  • ScoutTech 16 Jan 2013 12:53:36 2,429 posts
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    About the height, it should have been following the river and the mist and fog probably made it drop to a lower level which would have been safe due to there not being many high buildings on the water. It was diverting to put down at the Battersea helipad because of the weather. There is a strong possibility that the crane wasn't lit with navigational lights so the pilot thought he was well clear of anything.
  • Spong 16 Jan 2013 13:04:53 525 posts
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    The BBC's coverage on News24 is more like The Day Today than The Day Today actually was.
  • Youthist 16 Jan 2013 13:05:48 10,777 posts
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    RyanDS wrote:
    Puts a damper on it all
    nice
  • neilka Funniest Forumite, 2014 16 Jan 2013 13:06:10 17,036 posts
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    Is it still crashed?
  • RyanDS 16 Jan 2013 13:07:22 10,675 posts
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    Youthist wrote:
    RyanDS wrote:
    Puts a damper on it all
    nice
    As in it makes it not a random news article, but rather something that has a tangible, if tenuous link to me. If that makes sense.
  • brokenkey 16 Jan 2013 15:31:08 7,468 posts
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    Man films aftermath on his phone, provides crap commentary, implores others to "ring the police".

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21040808

    At least he held his phone the right way.
  • brokenkey 16 Jan 2013 15:35:56 7,468 posts
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    teamHAM wrote:
    Apparently the top of the crane was 770ft above sea level. So the helicopter was flying at what, 600ft ish I imagine?! Much too low.

    The usual flight path over London for a helicopter is approx 1400ft supposedly.
    pfft. health and safety gone mad.

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/instantupload/5753793393446574866
  • kinky_mong 16 Jan 2013 17:13:31 11,620 posts
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    Short-Round wrote:

    BBC doing their 'ambulance chasing' reporting at the moment.
    This aggravated me when I was reading the live feed on their site earlier, mainly the comments from members of the public living nearby.

    At least twice I saw comparisons to 9/11 which made me cringe, one in particular from a woman who seemed to be revelling in some sort of vindication that she and others had complained about the height of St. George Wharf Tower a few years earlier.
  • Psychotext 16 Jan 2013 17:33:45 57,523 posts
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    brokenkey wrote:
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/instantupload/5753793393446574866
    What's this retarded shit. Why do I have to login to view an image?

    /shuns google+
  • jellyhead 16 Jan 2013 17:35:48 24,350 posts
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    Yup, that image will forever be a mystery to me too.
  • BinaryBob101 16 Jan 2013 17:44:05 25,720 posts
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    RyanDS wrote:
    Youthist wrote:
    RyanDS wrote:
    Puts a damper on it all
    nice
    As in it makes it not a random news article, but rather something that has a tangible, if tenuous link to me. If that makes sense.
    What a fucking bender.
  • RyanDS 16 Jan 2013 17:56:49 10,675 posts
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    BinaryBob101 wrote:
    RyanDS wrote:
    Youthist wrote:
    RyanDS wrote:
    Puts a damper on it all
    nice
    As in it makes it not a random news article, but rather something that has a tangible, if tenuous link to me. If that makes sense.
    What a fucking bender.
    Are you asking if I am a bender as you want to make love to me?

    I have to say I am rather flattered.
  • Tom_Servo 16 Jan 2013 18:18:37 18,082 posts
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    An eyewitness on the news there said it looked like the pilot flew out of the way of an oncoming train just in time. This really could've been a lot worse.
  • BinaryBob101 16 Jan 2013 18:22:32 25,720 posts
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    RyanDS wrote:

    Are you asking if I am a bender as you want to make love to me?

    I have to say I am rather flattered.
    No, that sentence was a statement.
  • Humperfunk 16 Jan 2013 18:32:50 3,578 posts
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    Tom_Servo wrote:
    An eyewitness on the news there said it looked like the pilot flew out of the way of an oncoming train just in time. This really could've been a lot worse.
    Have to take a lot of these with a pinch'o'salt though Tom - one bloke on the BBC earlier said how the chopper crashed and started spiralling down the road after him, and he was mere feet away when it exploded, like he was John McClane or something. Was clearly a load of guff.

    Not saying everyone is a liar of course but some people naturally embellish what they really saw. This "train" could have been a cat up a tree for example.
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