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Originally posted by stumason
They've pulled one crew from the water, still another two crew members missing though...
These GR4's really have a habit of falling out the sky, don't they? Pretty much every Tornado crash over the past decade has been one.
In 2006, the government announced controversial plans to effectively privatise provision of search and rescue helicopters in order to replace the aging Sea Kings currently in use, although they have suggested that crews may, at least partially, still be made up of military personnel.
In February 2010, Soteria SAR was announced as the preferred bidder for the UK SAR programme.. On 8 February 2011, days before the contract was due to be signed, the UK Government halted the process after Soteria admitted that it had unauthorised access to commercially sensitive information regarding the programme.
While this contract is being renegotiated, a "Gap" contract was tendered for the existing MCA bases and in February 2012 it was announced that Bristow Helicopters would take over the running of Stornoway and Sumburgh (using Sikorsky S-92s) and that Portland and Lee on Solent (using AgustaWestland AW139s) would be retained by CHC.
Originally posted by RichardPrice
The GR4s fly more, fly longer and have more stress put on the airframes - of course you are going to see more losses than an airframe which is flown less, flown for shorter missions and has less stress on the airframe per mission.