Oh my God, Helicopter has hit a crane

(54 Posts)
RabidCarrot Wed 16-Jan-13 08:39:36

In Vauxhull sad

Thoughts with the family's of all involved

PeneloPeePitstop Wed 16-Jan-13 09:23:27

That's quite close to St Thomas' isn't it?

ArkadyRose Wed 16-Jan-13 09:24:33

If you think about it, commonsense should tell you it's unlikely to be a terrorist attack - terrorists do not as a rule target building sites that aren't anywhere near important targets.

Fianccetto Wed 16-Jan-13 09:25:16

I doubt helicopter pilot flew too low intentionall (possible though, but a terrible risk). Could be helicopter malfunction, or freezing fog affecting it.

meditrina Wed 16-Jan-13 09:27:30

Yes, it's just along the embankment from St Thomas hospital.

It's only about 150m from MI6 HQ. So I can see why the T question is being asked.

DeafLeopard Wed 16-Jan-13 09:27:51

How sad, thoughts to all involved

EuroShagmore Wed 16-Jan-13 09:28:10

Arkady, it's within spitting distance of mi6 and the palace of Westminster, but it seems to be an accident.

PeneloPeePitstop Wed 16-Jan-13 09:28:47

Thanks. Need to look into whether or not relative getting there for appt is feasible now.

Helena1964 Wed 16-Jan-13 09:33:49

Sky News says 2 are confirmed dead. sad

PeneloPeePitstop Wed 16-Jan-13 09:34:26

Oh how awful hmm

Sirzy Wed 16-Jan-13 09:34:28

Sky news saying 2 have been confirmed dead.

Sirzy Wed 16-Jan-13 09:39:43

2 others been taken to hospital.

As awful as it is for those families it could have been so much worse.

AnEventfulEvening Wed 16-Jan-13 09:41:59

http://www.itv.com/news/story/2013-01-16/helicopter-crashes-in-london/

If you scroll down, looking at the pictures theres one of the fog about 9am.

Helicopters + Fog are generally a bad combination.

By the look of this, it could have been a LOT worse. I think this probably counts as a 'lucky escape'. Not that this is a consolation to those who have lost someone.

AnEventfulEvening Wed 16-Jan-13 09:42:11
CatPussRoastingOnAnOpenFire Wed 16-Jan-13 09:44:56

Jeeesus! sad

There's a pic of the tower with the crane on top as viewed along the helicopter flight path. It is so tall and there was fog. I can't believe that it was allowed to be built that high so near the helipad https://twitter.com/LHRDirector/status/291470398674051072/photo/1

AnEventfulEvening Wed 16-Jan-13 09:47:42

The question is more WHY was a helicopter allowed to fly in such weather rather than the height of the building.

They are usually grounded with weather so bad.

duchesse Wed 16-Jan-13 09:50:20

Bunch of morons running towards the crash site with their twatting mobile phones, getting in the way of the emergency services. WHY????

meditrina Wed 16-Jan-13 09:51:29

It's not near any helipads.

I suppose we'll just have to wait for crash investigators to work out what happened any why.

@AnEventful, think the fog was very high (at top of building), so were obviously cleared to fly. sad

Sirzy Wed 16-Jan-13 09:55:41

Sky news now reporting a possible sighting of a person in the thames?

Helena1964 Wed 16-Jan-13 09:57:00

Supposedly a person was spotted in the Thames after the crash, and police boats are searching.

meditrina Wed 16-Jan-13 09:57:48

They have reported that RNLI has said it is searching the Thames after report of possible person in the water. Nfd. I expect there will be more info later.

Meditrina, yes it is, Here

meditrina Wed 16-Jan-13 10:12:32

The crash is close to Vauxhall Bridge. Battersea helipad is 4 bridges along from that (about 3 miles). The Thames is generally considered the safest flying route though, as there is the chance of ditching into the river rather than onto roads/buildings. And the Tower is of course a riverbank site.

Nancy66 Wed 16-Jan-13 10:15:10

If they escape with just a handful dead they will be very lucky.

i travel through this instersection of London all the time and it's always awash with cars, buses and commuters.

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