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26th July - R44 down, Herne Bay

Old 26th Jul 2020, 14:08
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R44 down in Herne Bay Kent

Looks like 4 people all walked away.
Often seen in the skyís of the Kent coast.

Not posted itís registration but easy to find.
kentonline.co.uk/herne-bay/news/first-pictures-of-helicopter-crash-near-major-road-231041
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Old 26th Jul 2020, 16:10
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26th July - R44 down, Herne Bay

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.m...k-22418237.amp
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Old 26th Jul 2020, 16:48
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Wow looks like a brand new R44 only registered in April!!
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Old 26th Jul 2020, 16:56
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Wow looks like a brand new R44 only registered in April!!
Does not look brand new anymore!
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Old 26th Jul 2020, 17:50
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The report says he crashed into the road. Looks to me like he completely missed the road. Thankfully.
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Old 26th Jul 2020, 17:51
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More news here,

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-kent-53543513

Helicopter pilot and three passengers escaped serious injury when it was forced to make an emergency landing in a field.

The aircraft toppled on to its side as it came down near Hearne Bay, Kent, at about 10:10 BST.

One man was treated for minor injuries at the scene near Thanet Way, the South East Coast Ambulance Service said

Kent Police said the Air Accidents Investigation Branch had been informed of the crash.
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Old 26th Jul 2020, 18:02
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Originally Posted by gulliBell View Post
The report says he crashed into the road. Looks to me like he completely missed the road. Thankfully.
This was a good 150m from any road, bad reporting as usual 🙄
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Old 26th Jul 2020, 18:26
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Originally Posted by jimmy83 View Post
This was a good 150m from any road, bad reporting as usual 🙄
Still a ways to catch up to the US, where aviation crashes are always in relation to the nearest school bus. I've seen 20km.
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Old 26th Jul 2020, 18:43
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Helicopter crashes into road on UK coast


There's definitely more corn being harvested on the A299 than I last recall...
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Old 26th Jul 2020, 21:41
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There's definitely more corn being harvested on the A299 than I last recall...
That headline makes it sound like the A299 was coming in the opposite direction.
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Old 27th Jul 2020, 03:06
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Why do journo's feel the need to blatantly lie? Don't they understand that it discredits them further every time they do it? Muppets!
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Old 27th Jul 2020, 03:27
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Deliberately misrepresenting the facts in a headline is known as 'clickbait', a widespread editorial policy with some media companies these days
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Old 27th Jul 2020, 08:00
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Wow looks like a brand new R44 only registered in April!!
April 2019
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Old 27th Jul 2020, 08:00
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At least it will be well insured.
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Old 27th Jul 2020, 09:16
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April 2019
Ah yep my bad
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Old 27th Jul 2020, 10:31
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So good to see the instances of fire following a R44 crash have diminished.


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Old 28th Jul 2020, 08:25
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Pending confirmation of how much fuel was left in the tank

Originally Posted by mickjoebill View Post
So good to see the instances of fire following a R44 crash have diminished.


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Old 28th Jul 2020, 10:22
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Pending confirmation of how much fuel was left in the tank
The first article quotes "An officer at the scene told our reporter everyone made it out safe and well, but there is concern over fuel left in the aircraft."

Sounds to me like there was at least some fuel left in there.
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Old 28th Jul 2020, 11:54
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Pending confirmation of how much fuel was left in the tank
I think you will find mjb was referring to something along these lines regarding R44 previous history with post crash fires.

The R44 was found to be prone to post-accident fires due to damage to the aluminum fuel tanks, allowing fuel to leak out. In 2009, the company began installing bladder-type fuel tanks in all new R44 helicopters. It also issued Service Bulletin SB-78 on 20 December 2010, requiring R44 helicopters with all-aluminum fuel tanks to be retrofitted with bladder-type tanks to "improve the R44's fuel system's resistance to a post-accident fuel leak." The company recommended that the change should be done as soon as practical, but no later than 31 December 2014. The compliance date was later moved to 30 April 2013.[19]

An accident investigation by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) in March 2013 found, after analyzing historical data, that a significantly higher proportion of R44 aircraft (12%) caught fire after crashing, compared to accidents involving other types of piston-engine helicopters (7%).[20]:7 Preliminary analysis by the ATSB of the NTSB's accident database found a similar statistic, with 15% of accidents in the US involving R44 helicopters having post-crash fires.[20]:7

Heli Air Robinson R44 Raven II arrives for the 2014 Royal International Air Tattoo, EnglandAlthough the data did not consider which type of fuel tanks were fitted, the report mentioned four fatal accidents to the R44 fitted with bladder-type tanks, but as far as they knew, did not involve a post-accident fire. The ATSB recommended that the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) take further action to urge R44 owners to fit bladder-type tanks.[20]:12 The FAA, the governing body in the country of manufacture whose directives would normally be followed in other countries like Australia, had not mandated the retrofit; CASA therefore issued Australian-specific airworthiness directive AD/R44/23, grounding R44 aircraft on 30 April 2013 that had not yet been upgraded
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Old 28th Jul 2020, 13:31
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And I think Flyingpie might have been alluding to a possible cause for the emergency landing - ie no fuel...........
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