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

  2. 2
    MI6 Agent says:

    Right next to MI6 building, is this not suspicious?

  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.

  4. 4
  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.

  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.

  7. 7

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

  8. 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.

  9. 9
    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.

  10. 10
    Arse Bandit of Old England says:

    Anyone other than the pilot on board….?

  11. 11
    Tuscan Tony says:

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

  12. 12
    Arse Bandit of Old England says:

    Was it shot down?

  13. 13
    Keitho says:

    True enough, mind you looking at SKY it looks like very poor visibility at the height it hit the crane.

    Helicopters will definitely kill you.

  14. 14
    Laurie Penny says:

    Government cuts are to blame for this crash.

  15. 15
    Abu Hamza says:

    Nope not suspicious as all, move along every one..

  16. 16
  17. 17
    Anonymous says:

    Dunno but part of the crane reputedly hanging from the building according to the BBC, so crane driver may be involved if he had started work?

  18. 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

  19. 19
    Ann Robinson says:

    No it was clearly a female Welsh pilot

  20. 20
    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.

  21. 21
    Anonymous says:

    Reports of just the one on board, but then it might have hit lots on the ground :(

  22. 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.

  23. 23
    Ed Miliband says:

    There should be a full public inquiry

  24. 24
    Sunny Jim says:

    Early reports say only the pilot was on board

  25. 25
    Gordon Brown says:

    What sort of Vauxhall crashed into the crane?

  26. 26

    Does he use his chopper?

  27. 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.

  28. 28
    Steve Miliband says:

    Salmond grilled for breaksfast – on toast.

  29. 29
    Raving Loon says:

    Nigel Farage wasn’t on board was he?

  30. 30
    Maybe they were trying to recreate Skyfall says:

  31. 31

    It looks as if the FSA was doing the regulating then.

  32. 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

  33. 33
    Arnie says:

    Get to da choppa!

  34. 34
    Anonymous says:

    2 confirmed dead :(

  35. 35
    old SHEP says:

    In the past helicopters weren’t allowed to fly over municipal/urban areas, but now we have proliferation of heliports, if poor visibility caused it then should not have been in the air, hitting power lines and cables is the biggest cause of helicopter crashes.

  36. 36
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    According to rumour, not for the purpose for which it is meant..

  37. 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.

  38. 38
    Anonymous says:

    According to BBC, 4 on board. 2 dead 2 taken to hospital. No info on who they are.

  39. 39
    Oh no says:

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

  40. 40
    I. Newton, Esq. says:

    No … it is gravity.

  41. 41

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

  42. 42
    Anonymous says:

    There were cars and people on the road, so it is not clear whether the 2 dead and 2 injured are in the helicopter, car or on road.

  43. 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.

  44. 44
    old SHEP says:

    Art imitates life.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 48
    FrankFisher says:

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

  49. 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.

  50. 50
    █████ says:

    What’s █████ ?

  51. 51
    Stevie Wonder says:

    I just wanted to try piloting a helicopter.

  52. 52
    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.

  53. 53
    old SHEP says:

    Thought nobody was allowed to mention it anyway, whatever it is ** innocent face ** , and I couldn’t possibly say.

  54. 54
    Mike Hunt says:

    Yuck

  55. 55

    Maybe the pilot was using memory too?

  56. 56
    Fidel from Cuba says:

    In a time of crisis a true Leader should always be with his people .

  57. 57
    Albert Hall says:

    Hmm that’s a fair point.

  58. 58
    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.

  59. 59
    Airey Belvoir says:

    They don’t call the bit that holds the blades on the ‘Jesus nut’ for nothing.

  60. 60
    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.

  61. 61
    Clete Purcell says:

    Cue up “Higher Ground,” Stevie, woulda ya?

  62. 62
    Anon says:

    Someone research this properly and submit somewhere…

    http://pastie.org/5712836


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