January 16th, 2013

London Helicopter Crash


62 Comments

  1. 1
    Anonymous says:

    eep.. not nice.

    There’s a few views on the traffic cams http://lon.bz/C14476

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  2. 2
    MI6 Agent says:

    Right next to MI6 building, is this not suspicious?

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  3. 3
    Keitho says:

    That is tragic. Is there any information as to the owner/purpose of the helicopter ?

    I heard there were two cars driving in the street when the helicopter came down and burst into flames.

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  5. 5
    Right Brother says:

    helicopters are mental machines.
    Fvcking ridiculous design and a bloody miracle any of them stay in the air and can be bought down by small arms fire.

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  6. 6
    Doris Goldblatt says:

    Ii understand that David Cameron is in a satisfactory condition and ready to receive his weekly mauling from Ed Miliband at todays PMQ’s.

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    • 8
      A Doctor says:

      Doctor: Wake up Mrs Goldblatt, Wake Up. Doris Goldblatt, can you tell me your name? Wake up Mrs Goldblatt, Wake Up. Mrs Goldblatt, can you say your name?

      Nurse: Shall I give her another shot?

      Doctor: I’ll try again. Wake up Mrs Goldblatt, Wake Up. Doris Goldblatt, can you tell me your name? Wake up Mrs Goldblatt, Wake Up. Mrs Goldblatt, can you say your name?

      Another doctor: I think we’ll have to leave her for now, try again in an hour.

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  7. 7

    Investors are reminded that what goes up can, just as easily, come down.

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    Swiss Bob says:

    In hindsight it seems a bloody stupid place to build such a tall building, I say in hindsight because I’m not the bleeding planner who allowed it to be built on a flight path, lucky a facking Jumbo didn’t hit it.

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    • 22

      Was unaware that helicopters use flight paths. Planes have some time to descend normally, even if their engines fail (unless an explosion occurs). But helicopters are inherently unstable and just fall from where they are at the slightest provocation such as collision.

      Cities are where one expects to find tall buildings in large numbers. Clearly they need cranes to build them. If the crane was visible, one has to ask why the helicopter did not steer clear. If visibility was poor, one has to question why the helicopter was in the air at all.

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      • 27
        Swiss Bob says:

        The rules in London are that helicopters follow the Thames, though they like to cut the curves.

        The reason being they are so bloody dangerous.

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      • 43
        Grimy Miner says:

        Engine failure in a helicopter is definitely NOT fatal. The blades continue to turn, this is called autorotation, and the ‘chopper’ glides safely to mother earth.

        However, proceeding full tilt into a tower crane invalidates the manufacturers guarantee of autorotation.

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        • 46
          Swiss Bob says:

          You have to be at a certain altitude for auto rotation to work, the blades have to turn in the opposite direction to that in powered flight.

          It would never have auto rotated from that altitude in my opinion.

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          • Swiss Bob says:

            Have tried to verify that in auto rotation the blades turn in the opposite direction to that of powered flight with no success, was just using memory, which may be wrong.

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          • Maybe the pilot was using memory too?

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          • Scary Biscuits says:

            No, Swiss Bob, altitude makes no difference to auto-rotation. Unlike a parachute, it does not take time to open and as long as the blades are already turning and you have the right speed you will get lift immediately. And no, the blades don’t turn in the opposite direction but the pilot does need to reverse the pitch.

            Of course, if you hit something the blades may have fallen off or bent and this is unlikely to be helpful. Also, the most common cause of helicopter crashes, after pilot error, is not engine failure but gearbox failure, iin which case you can’t do anything with the rotor.

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          • Nick Good says:

            In autorotation the blade does not turn in the opposite direction to normal operation, energy is stored as blade speed and used to slow descent by using blade pitch changes. My admittedly thin argument from authority is that I’m a fixed wing PPL.

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        • 47

          I had referred to engine failure in planes above and collision in helicopters for that reason.

          One imagines that the statistics for fatalities involving helicopter collision approach the 100% mark.

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  9. 11
    Tuscan Tony says:

    McMental was in Parliament yesterday, could there be a connection?

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  10. 14
    Laurie Penny says:

    Government cuts are to blame for this crash.

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  11. 18
    Anonymous says:

    Next not only to M16, but a blazing chopper,next to a gay club called “Fire”?

    Eternal damnation has begun in the UK, starting in SW8.

    Someone tell Pat Robertson

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    old SHEP says:

    Trouble with helicopters is that they have the aerodynamic qualities of a brick if a fault occurs with the engine, gearbox or rotors.

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    • 45
      Grimy Miner says:

      Engine failure in a helicopter is definitely NOT fatal. The blades continue to turn, this is called autorotation, and the ‘chopper’ glides safely to mother earth.

      However, proceeding full tilt into a tower crane invalidates the manufacturers guarantee of autorotation.

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  13. 25
    Gordon Brown says:

    What sort of Vauxhall crashed into the crane?

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  14. 28
    Steve Miliband says:

    Salmond grilled for breaksfast – on toast.

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    • 32
      Phil from Pentonville says:

      I had the sauteed mushrooms with my toast this morning together with a nice bowl of porridge made with skimmed milk

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    Raving Loon says:

    Nigel Farage wasn’t on board was he?

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    Maybe they were trying to recreate Skyfall says:

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  17. 37
    M T Wallet says:

    Vauxhall is what’s left of my wages after the taxman has had a go. i blame the 2 Eds.

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  18. 39
    Oh no says:

    Just been confirmed 2 have died, so I rather regret the jokes I’ve made here.

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    • 48
      FrankFisher says:

      Yes, who would have though that a blazing helicopter plummeting 800 feet into a crowded street could be dangerous.

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  19. 41

    Well, no one is going to be mentioning █████ now, are they?

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  20. 49
    Tom Watson keeps McDonald's in business says:

    Tom Watson will probably use this as his new crusade and will call for a judge led inquiry and blame Cameron personally for the crash.

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  21. 51
    Stevie Wonder says:

    I just wanted to try piloting a helicopter.

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  22. 62
    Anon says:

    Someone research this properly and submit somewhere…

    http://pastie.org/5712836

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