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Lucky escape as a helicopter crashes at Cumbernauld Airport

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 00:00 GMT on Wednesday 20th July, 2011.
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CREWS from Cumbernauld’s Strathclyde Fire and Rescie station were called into action, in the later half, of last week, as a Robinson R22 Helicopter, worth £165’000, had come off the airfield’s runway.

The incident, which took place just before 11am on Friday 15th July, saw crews from the Cumbernauld pump, located in the Greenfaulds area of Cumbernauld, rush to Cumbernauld Airfield, to assist the helicopter, which had flipped on its side.

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Luckily, nobody was trapped inside the aircraft and one male casualty was taken to Monklands General Hospital to be treated for his injuries.

A spokesperson for Strathclyde Fire and Rescue said: “It was an extremely busy Glasgow Fair holiday weekend for Strathclyde Fire & Rescue with a variety of different incidents. Over the Friday to Monday period we handled 541 calls consisting of 164 fires, 253 false alarms and 66 special services which includes 23 calls on Sunday with regards to incidents of flooding.”

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