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Old 16th Dec 2009, 11:47
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GA Aircraft ditching - Irish Sea - 16th Dec

Hearing reports of an aircraft missing in the Irish Sea - Unknown type - Maybe a Heli or a GA.

Fingers crossed for a good outcome.

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Old 16th Dec 2009, 12:01
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Please accept my apologies - It's the Irish sea. (Had North sea fixation due to something I am working on at the same time).

I really hope its a false alarm too.
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Old 16th Dec 2009, 12:06
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Confirmed ... ditched Aircraft

Some additional detail:

Plane ditches in sea off Blackpool coast - Blackpool Today

Fingers crossed for a good outcome.

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Old 16th Dec 2009, 12:09
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It ditches 22 Miles off the coast and the newspaper ends it's article with: "* Did you see the plane having problems over the coast? E-mail your pictures to [email protected] or [email protected]."

Pilot appears to be safe.
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"Pilot appears to be safe."

Yes, Thank goodness. Well done to all everyone involved.

There is never a good time for this to open, but it always seems more poignant at Christmas.

Mak, Thanks for the update.

I'll update the title to say GA and perhaps the mods will be kind enough to move this to the GA room?
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Heard this unfold on D&D when overflying - Female pilot reporting double engine failure and unable to make destination at that time reported to be 18 miles away. She sound relatively calm and composed under the circumstances, reporting that she was visual with some oil rigs and would circle around them.......and "possibly land on one"!! However I am delighted that she made it, job well done - even if it wasnt the planned outcome!
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Sullenberger's daughter?

Ditched successfully in winter in the Irish sea... The girls show us how to do it...
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Good on you pilot. I won´t even go female/pilot thing (oops, I have).
Well done lass, from a Yorkshire boy.
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This thread belongs in Private Flying or Similar but the lady surely is a hero! Wow!
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Wow , go girl
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Tis always good for a happy ending indeed

IoM Today - Light aircraft ditches in sea enroute to IoM
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Old 16th Dec 2009, 14:31
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Also heard on 121.5. She sounded remarkably calm. Glad she's ok. Reg was G-AN (missed the full callsign).

Like the IOM Today news report that mentions the aircraft type - just because an oil rig's involved, suddenly it's a 'Piper Alpha' PA31...

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Old 16th Dec 2009, 14:38
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The Piper Alpha PA31, which had taken off from Guernsey...
Sue Kendrick, from Blackpool Airport, said: "We had reports a one-man small aircraft was having engine troubles."
One-man? That is a VERY small Navajo...
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Plane ditches in sea off Blackpool coast

News in from 'The Visitor'

PLANE carrying one person has ditched in the sea off the Fylde coast.
The female pilot sent out a May Day to Blackpool's air traffic control after experiencing engine trouble.

The incident happened just after midday.

It was feared the plane could be forced to make a crash-landing at the resort's airport.

It was finally forced to ditch in the Irish Sea 22 miles off the Blackpool coast.

The pilot was due to land at the Isle of Man after travelling from Guernsey.

She was picked up by a rig supply boat and taken to a nearby gas rig.

CHC Scotia have sent out helicopter to bring her back to Blackpool where she will be taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital for a check-up.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: "All services are on stand-by after the pilot reported engine trouble."

Sue Kendrick, from Blackpool Airport, said: "We had reports a one-man small aircraft was having engine troubles.

"It has been forced to ditch in the sea and the person on board has been picked up."
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Great news, she survived, I hope she makes a speedy recovery and gets airbourne again soon!
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That's good news! Don't suppose you'd last too long with the sea temps as they are at the moment.
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Was worried about that myself when i heared the news! Good to hear she did a good job ditching it
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Old 16th Dec 2009, 15:01
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I think it was a twin engine ac according to ATC. Two failures??
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Reported now as being a Twin Commanche.

Manx.net with IOM Department of Transport Press Release

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It's cold in that sea in summer let alone this time of year..
How great to see a speedy recovery with no loss of life.
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