"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Thursday, August 09, 2007

12 injured in Army Helicopter crash near Catterick

It is unclear whether the helicopter which crashed at about 9.30 kiling 2 and injuring 10 was operated by the Army or Royal Air Force. Another reminder if needed of the diminishing stocks of armed forces lifting capacity for both training and in the battlefield.

UPDATE 9/8/07 1300. (MOD)We now know that there were three RAF personnel and 9 Army, 2 deaths and 10 injured and that it was a twin engined Puma. (The oldest helicopter in service with RAF , delivery started in 1971, it replaced the Wessex and is due to phased out in 2010). It can carry 16 fully equipped soldiers.

33 Squadron operate 15 x Puma HC1 out of RAF Benson where this flight originated and 230 Squadron have operated 18 x Puma HC1 RAF Aldergrove in Northern Ireland which have probably been re-positioned. In January 2003 an RAF benson helicopter crashed near Abingdon with no loss of life. (BBC)

A crash inquiry has been started into the crash at Catterick.

In April this year 2 RAF Puma's crashed at Taji north of Baghdad killing 1 SAS covert operative and 1 aircrew whilst on operational patrol. No further news has been provided since.

The Board of Inquiry into the loss of the Hercules C-130K XV206 on landing at Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan on the 24th of May last year has just been published but heavily censored.

The Board concluded that XV206 crashed after detonating a buried Soviet style AT blast mine when landing.

It must be rare for a complete aircraft the size of a Hercules to be destroyed by a land mine.

Expert analysis at Yorkshire Ranter

1 comment:

lwtc247 said...

There is a superb website about the iraqwar which regularly discusses amongst other things, the latest downed planes and choppers. They always accuse the US of lying whn it says some were injured. The default accusation of lies is always a pretty sure bet, but if this one turns out to be genuine, then the great lying itch that is the US and UK, may well prove to add acution to such dismissal next time.

That reminds me about 2 years ago I say some footage of a chopper crsh in Iraq. The Iraqi resistance rushed to teh scene video camera in hand. They gound a white guy in a kind of blue boiler suit. Alive, but with a broken leg. The guy was conscious as asked for help and he was lying about 5-10 meters from the burning wreck of the chopper.

So eyebrows raised at this news!

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