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Old 13th Mar 2014, 22:29   #1 (permalink)
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AW139 G-LBAL helicopter crash in Gillingham, Norfolk

UK TV news reporting aircraft down on Norfolk/Suffolk border... another US mil aircraft maybe?

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Old 13th Mar 2014, 22:29   #2 (permalink)
 
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Developing: civilian helicopter crash in Gillingham, Norfolk

Staffer in the (trusted) Eastern Daily Press newsroom in Norwich has just tweeted the following...

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BREAKING: Another major helicopter crash in #Norfolk tonight - #loddon area. Sadly, believed fataliies more here and #EDP24
Gillingham is ~ 20 miles SW of EGSH.

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BREAKING: @Norfolkfire at scene of latest #Norfolk copter crash - NOT military according to #EDP24 sources - another major tragedy feared

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Current Norwich weather is 50m in fog I hope it's not related
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Old 13th Mar 2014, 22:48   #4 (permalink)
 
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Statement from Norfolk Constabulary - now established to have occurred 2 hours ago.

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13 March 2013 21:35

Police are currently dealing with a helicopter crash in Gillingham, near Beccles.

Officers were called at about 7.30pm which led to a search of the area resulting in the discovery of the crash site.

Emergency services remain on scene and a police cordon is in place .
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Old 13th Mar 2014, 22:55   #5 (permalink)
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Not Mil? Another major tragedy?

Early reports relating to aviation incidents are often wide of the mark.. but one imagines that this is not an R22 or similar.... Is there much/any oil-support traffic in this area?

Hoping that the situation isn't as grim as reported.

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Do offshore helis still operate out of Beccles?
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Report of one down in Norfolk 13/3/14

Just spotted this

BBC News - Helicopter found crashed in Gillingham
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No North Sea ops since 2 decades ago with the old British International op but there is Virage Helicopter Academy with a Schweizer

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No Oil Support helicopters at Beccles any longer. No oil support traffic in the area. You get the occasional S76 going over this area but normally at fairly high level.
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Sky News reporting type as "Agusta Westland". No further info.
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Old 13th Mar 2014, 23:06   #11 (permalink)
 
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EDP newsroom in Norwich now compiling the breaking story here: helicopter crashes in gillingham near beccles
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Hopefully not EAAA or Police, do both fly from Norwich?
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I know of a landing site in that area - I hope it isn't who it could be!
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I hope it's not "Norbrook 139" (AW139) which I am sure occasionally routes from Beccles down to London Battersea heliport.
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4 people believed to have died https://twitter.com/EDP24
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I am about 5 miles away.It is foggy but not thick.Maybe 100m.visibility.Although that area is marsh so could be thicker.
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4 passengers also mentioned in the local paper. RIP

Breaking: ?Four feared dead? after helicopter crashes in Gillingham, near Beccles - News - Norwich Evening News
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Look East, BBC local TV news, have just confirmed 4 dead.

RIP.
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Based on the location and proximity of a private landing site, the identity of one male passenger is now being speculated on Twitter. No official confirmation.
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Sky mention its an Augusta Westland type.
Gillingham: Four Killed In Helicopter Crash
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