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in vauxhall, london, england.
any dissers work nearby/on cranes?
yeah it looked pretty grim from the train.
It was a pretty sombre scene with that worrying mix of a huge amount of emergency service vehicles and virtually no people. The guard on our train just called it a signal failure, didn't explain why we were held at Waterloo for over 30 minutes, then set off without a word. Didn't check the internet until I saw it, so had no idea what was going on.
The trains weren't stopping at Vauxhall, but the hold-ups weren't (I don't think), caused by the accident.
Doesn't look good. One person on board apparently.
*Don't fly into things*
just as well as the station is now closed
I thought I was just being incredibly po-faced but, smart as the first joke was, my flabber is gasted.
if there is a building on fire, or a suspected plane crash, some smoke coming from somewhere, a loud noise or a bus breaking down in mysterious circumstances, then twitter/24 hour news/this site/facebook goes MENTAL and everyone starts thinking the world is going to end and sending messages like, 'i hope everyone who gets the piccadilly line is ok today'.
but when someone ACTUALLY happens (this is a helicopter crashing into a building), no one seems to give a shit. '2 people died huh? big wow.'
15 odd replies in 2 hours? i dont understand you people sometimes.
I was going to post something about my GF trying to get to work (she works a couple of hundred yards away - no rail, tube or buses in) but it'd all seem a bit middle-class problems in the context of what happened.
Surprised I can hear a helicopter flying over work given that I'm only a mile or two away.
unless you want some MI5 conspiracy theories.
a man has had his mobile cut off whilst on a bus, reports say...
based on people not knowing what's going on. fear of what might happen. here we know exactly what happened. it was foggy, the helicopter hit a crane, it crashed.
claiming that, despite having an account, I hardly use it so I am detached from it all. But I find it the worst for misjudged hyteria/callousness so I stay away from it now. By comparison, DiS is much more considered.
Helicopters crashing in cities isn't funny, but that comment was.
with very badly judged timing/ audience. I don't like censorship and personally would have let it stand as testament to the wally who posted it, but I can understand why a mod might have felt it better to just kill it.
Seemed vaguely homophobic on top of being tasteless but maybe there's some whole thing about cranes and helicopters in the gay scene I don't really get.
Oh Theo :D
but it seems pretty fortunate it's such a low number - when I first heard about it I was expecting mass casualties.
given that it landed within a few yards of
- a supermarket
- a petrol station
- an 8 track railway line/station
- a decent sized bus station
- built up residential areas/offices
- queueing traffic at Vauxhall Cross
Hit any one of that lot and it'd have probably turned out much worse.
may have been to try and crash land as far away from the above as possible in order to minimise casualties
is that just because it's a helicopter and not a boring vehicle like a car?
UK helicopter crashes: 4 (total)
UK reported car crashes: 209,000
Did he say that? Bet he did.
the pilot's come in, flown too close to the buildings - you must put that down to some poor visibility from the weather - made contact with the crane and gone down.
the weird bit was the wikipedia entry for that went up by about 9:30 that morning.