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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 2:16 pm    Post subject: Helicopter crash Reply with quote

Dreadful news!!! Just been announced on SKY and BBC News. Two POB both sadly suffered fatal injuries. A MAYDAY was called to Blackpool ATC.
No idea what type of heli yet.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cat,

The story is still coming in. Here is all they have at this moment....

"Crash Near Blackpool"
Breaking News

3:46pm UK, Tuesday September 22, 2009
Two people have been killed in a helicopter crash near Blackpool, according to reports.

Poulton Le Fylde near Blackpool

It is believed a mayday signal was sent from the aircraft as it flew over Poulton-le-Fylde at 12.10pm today.

Around 40 minutes later the aircraft was found at Barnaby Sands, which is an area of salt marsh on the Lancashire coast near Fleetwood.

Two people are believed to have been on-board and both casualties were confirmed dead at the scene of the crash, according to Lancashire Police.

Emergency services are carrying out a recovery operation at the scene.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep just read this on both Yahoo and the BBC web-site. Terrible news.

My thoughts go out to the families involved with whoever was in the helicopter.

Very sad news indeed.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 4:40 pm    Post subject: 2 killed in lancashire helicopter crash. Reply with quote

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lancashire/8269034.stm


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

more info on the BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lancashire/8269916.stm

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nasty... looks like the blades are folded up!!

Sad sad news..
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RIP...

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very sad,
saw the posts here earlier and on NWAN, then the TV news later.

TV news said it was a Schweizer, "A Lancashire Police spokesman said: "We can confirm it was a training flight and the passenger was a learner." The two victims have not been named."

They said they're not in a position to say where it was flying from or to.
I hope it wasn't anyone from here (not that it makes it any less of a tragedy you understand).
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 1:19 pm    Post subject: Helicopter crash near Blackpool Reply with quote

Extract from local news report...

TWO men killed when their helicopter crashed in Over Wyre were today named by police.

The news came as air accident investigators began the task of discovering what caused the tragedy.

The two men on board were pilot Steven Edward Lewis, 38, from Rainhill, Liverpool, and passenger Phillip Charles Grey, 45, of Mawdesley, near Ormskirk.

They were on a training flight from Blackpool Airport when their aircraft mysteriously went down yesterday lunchtime.

A major rescue operation was launched when the pilot of the small two-seater aircraft made a may-day call as he and his student flew over Poulton.

Forty minutes later the wrecked helicopter was found crashed on Barnaby's Sands, near Stalmine.

Mr Lewis and Mr Grey died at the scene.

As accident investigators sifted through the wreckage, tributes were paid to the victims.

A spokesman from Ventbrook Air Ltd, a helicopter training school in Blackpool, said: "We don't know too much about the accident at the moment, the pilot was a really nice man and a good friend of mine, I knew him well.

"He was an experienced pilot and was flying with a student."
He added: "We can confirm that the helicopter that went down was not one from Ventbrook."

Tributes have also been left on internet forums used by pilots, many stating aircraft involved was a Schweizer 300, although this has not been confirmed by police.

One poster said: "What a terrible tragedy. The instructor involved was a fantastic person, great instructor and a good friend. I've never met anyone who could throw out so many jokes in such a short amount of time.

"I spoke to him just a few minutes before he took off and as ever his brilliant personality was beaming down the phone. I did not know his student but my thoughts are with all the people they have left behind."

Blackpool Airport received the may-day call from the pilot at 12.09pm, reporting engine problems.

Supt Richard Spedding of Lancashire Police confirmed: "As soon as we got that call we initiated a search operation involving our own helicopter and vehicles."

"The crash site was discovered at 12.50pm. There was no indication within the call as to what went wrong on what appeared a perfect day for flying.

"Although it was damaged the helicopter had come down intact because it had been flying low before it hit the river bank.

"It was a training flight from a local hangar, not too far away from here and this was in their flight path."

Fleetwood Lifeboat was called out amid fears the helicopter might have crashed in the river, but the aircraft had actually crashed on the land, near the water's edge.

Paul Ashworth, coxwain of the Fleetwood lifeboat, said: "We were paged by the Coastguard and sent out two lifeboats to the scene.

"The in-shore lifeboat went ahead and established the helicopter had crashed on land, rather than in the water.

"A couple of our crew saw the wreckage and realised nobody made it out. So we were stood down and returned to base."

The North West Air Ambulance was also called to the scene, but was also stood down on arrival at the crash site.

Barnaby's Sands, which is a nature reserve, is managed by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

It is one of the last extensive areas of un-grazed salt marsh on the Lancashire coast and is popular with birdwatchers.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

absolute tragedy!

steve was a lovelly man and a great instructor.

he will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him and the industry as a whole as we needed more like steve

i flew with steve quite a lot in his early days and alongside occasionally in later times and he was always a consumate professional and made any student feel instantly at home

everyone he met had only good words to say about him and he worked hard at improving the whole game.

i didnt know his student but deepest sympathy to both of the families involved

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RIP Steve... what a great guy
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:24 pm    Post subject: Announcements Reply with quote

It is a terrible loss to us all, regardless of what side of the Great Pond we live.

Is there any information on what the emergency was at the time, or the preliminary cause of the accident?

Was the aircraft a Sch300?

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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