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Merlin in emergency landing!

Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:19 pm
by Aircraftpaulcornwall
Hi all,
Just a quick note to let you all know that a Merlin helicopter from Culdrose today made an emergency landing in a field close to the car park at the Minack Theatre near Porthcurno. Apparently the aircrew noticed a minor fault and decided that it was wise as a precautionary measure to quickly put down into the field.
It was reported that there was no risk to the aircrew or the general public at the time and they were later hoping to get the Merlin returned to Culdrose once the fault had been rectified. It's good to know that it was nothing major and that everything was okay!! --Paul :)

Information courtesy of and with many thanks to: www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news

Re: Merlin in emergency landing!

Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:34 pm
by KyleG
That's correct, but it actually happened yesterday! :lol:

Bet that was quite a sight! :thumb:

Re: Merlin in emergency landing!

Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 6:28 am
by buzzer
KyleG wrote:That's correct, but it actually happened yesterday! :lol:

Bet that was quite a sight! :thumb:
Quite a site would have been when back in the 60s (I think it was) a Dragonfly from Culdrose made a safe emergency landing in a field somewhere in West cornwall only for the crew to evacuate safely, but due to it being on slightly uneven ground it promotional rolled of down across the field! ! :O it ended up crashing through the side of a house that was at the bottom of it!! :roll:
Red faces all around I should think ;)
I'll see if I can find some photos of it.

Re: Merlin in emergency landing!

Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 9:30 am
by Buz41
Not certain if they failed to set handbrake.
Date of incident 24th May 1961.
Location reported at time as Pemboa, which is on the road from Helston recycling centre to Gweek.
A/C Dragonfly HR.3 WG722. possible code 548 of 705 Squadron< Culdrose.

Reported as having made an emergency landing after transmission failure, it rolled down hill crashing trough bedroom window of farmhouse. Hope this helps.

Re: Merlin in emergency landing!

Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 10:25 am
by buzzer
Buz41 wrote:Not certain if they failed to set handbrake.
Date of incident 24th May 1961.
Location reported at time as Pemboa, which is on the road from Helston recycling centre to Gweek.
A/C Dragonfly HR.3 WG722. possible code 548 of 705 Squadron< Culdrose.

Reported as having made an emergency landing after transmission failure, it rolled down hill crashing trough bedroom window of farmhouse. Hope this helps.
That's it dad.. just need to find the photo of it we have somewhere ;)

Re: Merlin in emergency landing!

Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 9:42 pm
by buzzer
buzzer wrote:
Buz41 wrote:Not certain if they failed to set handbrake.
Date of incident 24th May 1961.
Location reported at time as Pemboa, which is on the road from Helston recycling centre to Gweek.
A/C Dragonfly HR.3 WG722. possible code 548 of 705 Squadron< Culdrose.
Reported as having made an emergency landing after transmission failure, it rolled down hill crashing trough bedroom window of farmhouse. Hope this helps.
That's it dad.. just need to find the photo of it we have somewhere ;)
Found said photo. Very old one but it's good enough to see how it ended up :Oops: Image

Re: Merlin in emergency landing!

Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 10:03 pm
by Aircraftpaulcornwall
Hi Kyle & buzzer,
Yes. indeed so, - the Merlin has got itself up in the air (and the good old Dragonfly helicopter (which of course of I know of, over Penryn)) --Paul :thumb: