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By Pudnucker
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Horrible.. pitch black for touch down.. I reeled back through Planefinder, the Lee On Solent helicopter was on scene approx an hour after radar contact was lost. I always assumed that there was a locally based SAR heli in the CI.. makes one think about beefing up the survival kit somewhat if in the water for that time.. I hope for a miraculous rescue but sadly looks like a slim possibility :-(
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By AlanM
#1667210
The only airborne SAR asset in the Channel Islands is the Channel Islands Air Search islander - which is in fact not completely operational at this time. Newquay and Lee on solent are the nearest UK assets - although there is a French SAR helicopter near Cherbourg.
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By yappmeister
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Pudnucker wrote:I always assumed that there was a locally based SAR heli in the CI..

Channel Islands Air Search (G-BEXJ) Islander was airborne last night on flight radar. Not sure how operational it was as it is only a temp aircraft until they get their new one, but assume it was doing something useful.

Hoping for a positive outcome, as narrow as the chances may be.
By johnm
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PA 46 would be FIKI equipped and that search area is between Alderney and the Casquets, from 5000ft he should have been able to get to Alderney, very strange.....
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By Lockhaven
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Iceman wrote:The BBC article states that it was at 5000 ft and requesting descent. That's pretty low for that type of aircraft.

Iceman


Unless they were not instrument rated so maybe staying below CAS.
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