Hailstorm badly damages 18 helicopters

Hailstorm badly damages 18 helicopters

30-Aug-2011 Source: HeliHub.com

An extreme hailstorm in Germany on Friday has meant that all 18 helicopters present had to depart the event by road.  A private fly-in at the Hotel Weißer Bär (“White Bear Hotel”) in Mülheim an der Mosel turned into a disaster as the tail end of storm “Bert” brought tennis-ball size hailstones, causing extensive damage.

EC120B D-HALX
EC120B D-HKDV
EC120B D-HKLE (white/grey EC120 on the YouTube video – link below)
EC120B D-HOER (photo)
EC120B N263CP (good photo on the YouTube video – link below)
EC120B PH-LPH (good photo on the YouTube video – link below)

EC135P2+ D-HRGR  (good photo on the YouTube video – link below)

AS350B2 D-HWEG

F28A D-HAEW (photo)
F28A D-HFIN  (good photo on the YouTube video – link below)
F28C D-HHSB (good photo on the YouTube video – link below)
F28F D-HEVA

R22B II D-HHSA

R44 D-HIZZ
R44 OE-XLD
R44 II D-HKAA
R44 II D-HSEV
R44 II D-HXXR

The whole region will suffer from the storm – plenty of damage has been done to properties, vehicles and the wine crop for the year destroyed.  Many cars have been written off, and in one town, there are reports that every roof is seriously damaged.  Links to photos and stories follow:-

No information was immediately available on the availability or accuracy of weather reports utilised by the pilots prior to their flight to the hotel.

Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

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