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NEWS: Navy Rescue Helicopter Crashes Into The Sea

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posted on Dec, 8 2004 @ 08:12 PM
A British Royal Air force helicopter with a flight crew of four crashed into the sea today. The Lynx helicopter based out of RNAS Culdrose, near Helston, had been out on a search for a British seamen that had apparently fallen from a British warship. Contact was lost with the Lynx just after 7 pm when it was 15 miles southeast of the Lizard peninsula. The helicopter had been fitted with a location beacon to begin transmitting if it where to crash. RAF Kinloss which co-ordinates search and rescue has had two Navy helicopters, one RAF helicopter, and two French Falcon scrambled for search and rescue and a lifeboat was also launched from Falmouth. It has been established by the two frigates in the area, the Montrose and the St. Albans that there was not a man over board as originally thought. "It's a bit of a mystery," a spokesperson had said.

Navy rescue helicopter crashes into the sea
(Filed: 09/12/2004)

Navy Lynx helicopter similar to the one that crashed

A Royal Navy helicopter with four crew on board crashed off the coast of Cornwall last night, the Ministry of Defence said.
The Lynx helicopter, based at RNAS Culdrose, near Helston, had been searching for a sailor reported to have fallen overboard from a Royal Navy warship. But contact with the Lynx was lost when it was 15 miles southeast of the Lizard peninsula.
Two Navy helicopters, an RAF helicopter and a Falcon aircraft of the French air force were scrambled to search for the missing machine and its crew.
"What we don't know is whether they were able to control their landing on the water or whether it was something that happened very quickly."


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It is unknown if the four crewmen have been found yet. Hopefully they will be found in good health.

[edit on 8-12-2004 by Banshee]

posted on Dec, 9 2004 @ 06:31 AM
Wreckage Found In Chopper Search.

A LIFEBOAT crew searching for a British navy helicopter that crashed off the coast of England said today they had found pieces of wreckage.

The Royal Navy Lynx helicopter carrying four people went down off Cornwall, a rural province in southwestern England, the Royal Air Force and the Ministry of Defence said. There was no immediate word on the fate of the crewmen.

The crew of a lifeboat had recovered pieces of wreckage from the sea and detected "a strong smell of aviation fuel" in the water, a spokeswoman for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution said.

The situation does not look hopeful, but until there is confirmation either way there is still hope.

posted on Dec, 9 2004 @ 08:13 AM
This is strange...
Xinhua: US helicopter with 10 aboard crashes into Bering Sea ( 2004-12-09 16:44:06).
And about two weeks ago, there was a norwegian rescue helicopter which crashed into a lake in Norway as well (all survived in this one). Helicopters falling into water everywhere...

posted on Dec, 9 2004 @ 01:48 PM
An update for you all.

Its a shame, but the crew have been found dead.

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