Thursday, May 29, 2008

Helicopters crash during training exercises

The scene after a helicopter hit a hospital in Michigan

A helicopter has crashed onto a hospital in Michigan, USA. The medical helicopter was making practice manoeuvres and had no patients on board when it crashed onto the helipad at the Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids at 11:00 local time [16:00 GMT]. The two pilots were only slightly injured according to reports [CNN]. Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident, two people died after the Squirrel helicopter they were travelling in crashed into electrical cables. The aircraft was reported to have been carrying out training exercises in Devon, south-west England [BBC]. The crash occurred near Kingscott, Torrington, at 15:45 local time [14:45 GMT].
Another helicopter crashed on Thursday killing 11 of the 12 people on board. The aircraft struck a building in Panama City and fell to the ground in ball of fire. Amongst the dead was Chile's federal police chief. The police chief, Panamanian police officials and six members of a group from Chile, had been attending a regional forum in the city of Colon [CNN].

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