The video above shows two views of a news helicopter crashing to the ground in front of firefighters east of Perth, Australia. It happened at the scene of a wreck involving the rollover of a truck on Saturday.
One view shows the perspective of the videographer aboard the chopper who was rolling on the way down and was thown from the wreckage. The other is from a camera on the ground. Both the pilot and cameraman Adam Delmage survived the crash with relatively minor injuries. The incident has been described as an emergency landing by the pilot.
A helicopter crashed into a crane and fell on a crowded street in central London during rush hour Wednesday, sending black plumes of smoke into the air as it smashed to the ground. Two people were killed and nine others injured, officials said.
The helicopter crashed just south of the River Thames near the Underground and mainline train station at Vauxhall, and near the British spy agency MI6.
Police said one person had critical injuries. Several people were taken to a nearby hospital with “minor injuries,” London Ambulance Service said.
The horrific scene unfolded at the height of the morning commute when thousands of pedestrians are trying to get to work.
Video on Sky News showed wreckage burning in a street, and black smoke in the area. The video from the crash scene showed a line of flaming fuel and debris. Witnesses said the helicopter hit a crane atop a 50-story residential building, the St. George Wharf Tower.
Allen Crosbie, site manager for the landscape firm Maylim company, who was working at the scene, said the explosion convinced him and others that London was being attacked.
“I was 100 percent sure it was a terrorist attack,” he said. “There was debris everywhere, a ton of black smoke. Parts of the crane, parts of the helicopter. I heard bang, bang, bang — I presume it was the helicopter hitting the crane and then the ground. People were just panicking. Everyone thought it was a terrorist attack.”
He and everyone just ran for their lives, he said.
William Belsey, 25, a landscape worker at the St. George Wharf Tower, said he heard the helicopter hit the crane.
“First we heard a big crash, looked up, that’s when we saw the helicopter coming toward us. We heard an explosion as it hit the ground,” he said.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe said he believed the helicopter was being diverted to a nearby heliport when it crashed.
“The top of the crane was actually obscured by fog so I didn’t see the impact,” Michael Gavin told the BBC. “But I heard a bang and saw the body of the helicopter falling to the ground along with pieces of the crane and then a large plume of smoke afterwards.”
The area, roughly 10 blocks from the major Waterloo train and Underground station, is extremely congested during the morning rush hour. Many commuters arrive at the main line stations from London’s southern suburbs and transfer to buses or trains there.
Aviation expert Chris Yates said that weather may have played a role. Investigators also would look at whether the crane had navigation lights.
“The question then becomes whether the pilot was fit,” Yates said.
A fire department helicopter went down off Copacabana, the famous beach in the southern section of Rio de Janeiro, as its crew tried to rescue a swimmer who was struggling to make it ashore, but no one was seriously injured, Brazilian officials said.
The accident occurred around 4:10 p.m. Saturday near the luxurious Copacabana Palace Hotel and was caused by an undetermined mechanical failure, the Rio de Janeiro state fire department press office said.
The aircraft sank off Brazil’s best-known beach and its four crewmen were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
While I was quite busy yesterday gathering material for a very, very special Thanksgiving Day message that will soon be posted (in it I will reveal something that may shake the world of fire and EMS blogging) two of my blogging colleauges were actually finding dramatic must see videos.
Above is video from Anthem, Arizona that Firefighter Spot posted showing a burning box truck running into the fire engine that was working on extinguishing the flames.
You may have seen by now the video of Sunday's crash landing of a helicopter at a skateboard competition on Lookout Mountain near Golden, Colorado. It is included in the news story above. What you may not have seen is the raw video of the people escaping the crash and the quick arrival of EMS (already on the scene for the event). That is in the video below. It ends as a member of the EMS crew chases the videographer away. You can read more about the incident here.