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Helicopter crash in London

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Helicopter crash in London

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21040313
Area I used to visit a lot at one time.
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I was watching it on the news this morning. Very confused reporting at the time understandably.
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Re: Helicopter crash in London

Knowing how busy that road junction can be it's lucky that there aren't more casualties.
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Luckily a meeting I was supposed to be going to in London today was cancelled. I'd have been on a train going through Vauxhall station at about 8:05.
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Re: Helicopter crash in London

And I only work about 20 mins away from Victoria station, so I'm not that far.
Just looking on BBC News and it does look like there could be ground casualties.
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For about ten years I dealt with a firm in the arches under Vauxhall station and was there once a week  - not this early in the day.
They think that some people are walking wounded.
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Be interesting to see the risk assessment for a building that tall, that close to Battersea heliport flight path.
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Heli Pilots are advised of the details of obstructions such as this around London.
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Gary Slater, a helicopter pilot with more than 20 years experience, told the BBC these sorts of accidents in the UK are extremely rare. He said: "There are specific heli-routes running across London, it is a very controlled area, probably one of the safest in the world in my opinion.
"If you want to erect a crane in London of any significant height... there is something called a Notam (Notice to Airmen)... it's a known value that the crane is there, they don't just erect them."
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They are saying that helicopter had been diverted to Battersea.
We live under a helicopter flight path with several passing over the house every day travelling to/from London direction.
Edit - one has just passed over heading, from sound, towards London and it's so misty we couldn't see it.
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Very sad.  It has been announced that the 2 people on board have both died and a further 9 injured, one critically.
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It has been announced on the radio that the crane driver was late for work this morning.  It possibly saved his life if true.
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It has been clarified that only the pilot was on board the helicopter.  The other person who died was on the ground. 13 people are now stated to have been injured.  In such a built-up area and in the rush hour this could have been much more serious. All credit to the Fire, Ambulance and Police for the excellent job they have done.
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@artmo - I also saw interview with one of the building site workers who said it was first time crane driver had ever been late for work.
No way he could have survived if he'd been up in his cabin.
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Very tragic.
Lucky crane driver though!
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Quote from: artmo
It has been clarified that only the pilot was on board the helicopter.  The other person who died was on the ground. 13 people are now stated to have been injured.  In such a built-up area and in the rush hour this could have been much more serious. All credit to the Fire, Ambulance and Police for the excellent job they have done.

Idiot taking a short cut through central London in bad weather - he should have been grounded.