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  • Hey Magnus - Is this a relative of yours?

    From : Yahoo! News

    Swede Survives Centenniel Copter Crash

    STOCKHOLM, Sweden - A Swedish man celebrating his 100th birthday with a helicopter ride survived a crash Tuesday, along with five other people, including his son, grandson and great-grandson, police said.

    Carl Zetterlund was to fly to the Stockholm archipelago with his son, grandson and 7-year-old great-grandson from a nursing home in Heby, about 60 miles northwest of the capital, Stockholm, police spokesman Ulf Palm said.

    But something went wrong shortly after the helicopter took off, and its rotor blades clipped a tree and a lamp post before the aircraft went down in a cloud of dust and smoke.

    The four family members, along with the pilot and a nursing home worker on board, escaped with cuts and bruises, Palm said.

    Palm said Zetterlund's relatives had chartered the helicopter as a birthday gift.

    After the 100-year-old was pulled from the wreck, he was flown on another helicopter to Uppsala University Hospital, where he was in stable condition, hospital officials said.

    "He got a helicopter ride after all," Palm said.

    A local TV crew filming the family gathering got dramatic footage of the crash. Their video showed the rotor blades of the Lithuanian-registered MI-2 helicopter hitting a tree, then clipping the top off a lamp post.

    "Then there was a bang, then one of the rotor blades broke off. I huddled up and waited for the crash. And it came almost immediately," one of the passengers, Ove Johansson, told Swedish Radio after the accident.

    Johansson said that with the help of two other people he managed to get Carl Zetterlund out of the helicopter. It was not clear whether Johansson was one of the family members.
    - Sean

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    Their video showed the rotor blades of the Lithuanian-registered MI-2 helicopter hitting a tree, then clipping the top off a lamp post.
    Who? The 100 year old, or the helicopter pilot?
    Chris
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    A day you don't go a hundred is a day wasted

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    • #3
      Yeah, yeah...

      This has been all over the news in Sweden.

      The sad part is that the 100 year old guy is in a critical condition, and is getting worse, in the hospital.

      There is also a lot of questions regarding the pilot's license to operate that particular helicpoter commercially in Sweden. His only statement so far, according to the papers, have been: "We took off normally, and then something happened."

      The MI-2 is famed for its long rotor blades, and it was apparently a very tight takeoff...


      /Magnus F.

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      • #4
        My apologies. The story above seemingly indicated all was well aftwerwards. I did not intend to poke fun at a situation that is still very serious.
        - Sean

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        • #5
          I would like to die in a helicopter crash at age 100. That would be nice.

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