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Old 04-16-2003, 10:48 AM   #1
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Hi Folks,

Below is a copy of an article in the UK media that I received today.
This will be a reminder to why there are safety codes and why it is important that we follow them at all times. With the increasing availablity of R/C planes in 'chain' department stores and the number of quality flying sites deminishing the likelyhood of a similar accident becomes apparant.


Girl killed in park by model plane

A girl has died after being hit on the head by a
model plane while she was out walking in a park.

The 13-year-old girl, from Dartford, Kent, was
walking with her mother on Dartford Heath when
the incident happened.

The remote control plane appeared to have flown
out of control, striking the teenager on the head,
causing severe injuries.

She was taken to Darent Valley Hospital where she
died a few hours later.

The model plane was being flown by a 55-year-old
man from south London who was spoken to by
police officers at the scene along with witnesses to
the incident.

A Kent Police spokesman said: "An investigation is
being carried out into the circumstances of the
incident although early indications suggest this was
a very tragic accident."

He appealed for any witnesses who have not yet
spoken to police to come forward.
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Old 04-16-2003, 01:16 PM   #2
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Death by plane

I must say that is insane. It doesnt say how she died exactly? If it killed her just by hitting her in the head it must have either been a big plane or it must have been going quite fast. Was it running when it hit her?!
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Old 04-16-2003, 01:25 PM   #3
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Not insane, but very tragic.

The post was for information, knowledge and as a reminder; when you go out to have fun, take every reasonable precaution to be safe.

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It lists the plane as an Acrowot, to my knowledge that's .40 size sport plane.

My thoughts and prayers for the family of the young girl, and for the pilot of the model.
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Old 04-16-2003, 03:29 PM   #4
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Venture ...... It wouldn't have to be big or going that fast.

I'm with the fire service and have seen people who have died from head injuries with things smaller than most 15 size combat planes.

Impact in the wrong place and there is nothing that can be done.

As Carl states "Very Tragic not Insane".

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Sad news Carl....

Here is a link to a picture of the type of plane mentioned in the news report.

It doesn't look like a very big model. Just goes to show anything can happen.

My thoughts are with both the pilot and the young girl's family.
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Old 04-16-2003, 03:32 PM   #6
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It doesnt have to be a large model or going very fast.The last two plane hits person fatalities involved a standard .60 size pattern plane,and an individual who hit himself in the chest with his own .40 size trainer.
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What are you thinking?

Not to upset people, But Venture"was it running". If it hit her what do you think. A high speed glide.
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UK - accident

Guys/gals, .... What does it matter - how big the plane was or whether the engine was running or whether it was going fast or not?

The fact is a little girl was killed by a RC model airplane. And the point is that we have to ALWAYS be in full control of our models and fly in a safe and responsible manner. Much of the general public, and some modellers, do not have an appreciation of the hazards and capabilities of our hobby. Many think we are just flying glorified paper airplanes.

This is a tragedy that adds another negative message to the public about our hobby. We have lost flying sites because of noise and nusance. This tragedy adds that we can lose fields due to the perception of public hazard and lack of consideration for safety.

We don't know enough about this case to make any judgements about the modellr. We don't need to and shouldn't try to. All that we must take away from this is a reminder of how important it is to be safe in our hobby.

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We do know that it was in a park.
We also know that the modeler was flying with pedestrians walking nearby.

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I hope they have a law similar to ours.

Criminal negligence causing death.

I'm pretty sure it'll land you at least 10 years. Just because your stupid doesn't mean it's not your fault.

He's flying in the middle of the park. How stupid can you get. I hope they throw the book at him.
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