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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 3:21 pm    Post subject: Goodwood accident Reply with quote

Teenager seriously injured after Goodwood helicopter crash

3:38pm Thursday 28th May 2009

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A teenager working at Goodwood Aerodrome has been seriously after a helicopter crash-landed shortly after take-off today.

The incident happened on the helipad at the airfield, near Chichester, West Sussex at 12.12pm.

It is believed the young contractor sustained serious leg injuries after being hit by a piece of flying debris as the helicopter attempted to land.

He was working at the time on the construction of the aerodrome's new aircraft hangar.

The pilot, who was the only person on board, managed to escape unhurt from the damaged craft.

A South East Coast Ambulance Service spokesman said: "Crews were called to Goodwood Aerodrome shortly before 12.15pm to reports of a man being injured by part of a helicopter.

"An 18-year-old man with serious leg injuries was taken to St Richard's Hospital in Chichester. One other person was treated at the scene."

Sussex Police also attended. A spokesman for Goodwood Aerodrome said: "I can confirm there was an incident at 12.12pm on the helipad at Goodwood Aerodrome.

A small helicopter crashed on take-off, the pilot was unhurt.

"A contractor working within the new hangar received a leg wound from flying debris from the helicopter."

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/4403766.Teenager_seriously_injured_after_Goodwood_helicopter_crash/

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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eek that's bad news that! I hope that everyone involved gets better. I really hope the leg injuries aren't too serious.

Am I reading correctly but if I have the registration on that machine right then it's pretty much a brand new machine?

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I see it says Year Built : 2009 so I guess I'm right in my thinking?

Seems it's a previous HeliAir machine by the looks of it too.

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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very unfortunate, wish the young man a speedy recovery.
GINFO says the R44 was brand new as well, registered just over a month ago with the CAA.
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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought I recognised the registration!

It was delivered to Heli Air in April this year!
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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Thought I recognised the registration!

It was delivered to Heli Air in April this year!


Yep just saw that on the database search - updated my post above to reflect. It's not still a HeliAir machine now though is it?

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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the picture on that report, the helicopter involved looks to be G-CLPR, a new R44 Raven II. (Registration issued: 4th March 2009)
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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha - 4 of us with the same comment in the space of 2 minutes! Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No prizes for guessing what time we all get in from work then...! (I started my reply about 10 minutes ago, but just having a trawl to see if I could find any other photographs!)
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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Ha - 4 of us with the same comment in the space of 2 minutes! Laughing


Ah but I still won Wink

Actually I read this just after it was posted but was at work and didn't have time to post my reply then so had to do it when I got home.

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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cripes - I've met the guy who owns that helicopter, glad he got out alright. Let's hope the contractor fully recovers.

I'm a PPL student at Goodwood and I was meant to have a lesson today but it was cancelled due to an incident there - didn't know any details when my instructor cancelled the lesson.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The AAIB have today published their report into this accident. The report can be found here
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