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Grandfather falls from glider after mid-air crash - and lands in path of combine harvester
Glider pilot leaps from cockpit after wing breaks off in mid-air collision – only to land in front of a combine harvester
By Tom Whitehead
2:55PM BST 01 Aug 2014

A grandfather had to jump from a glider at 4,500 feet after it had a wing smashed off in a terrifying mid-air collision - only to parachute down in to the path of a combine harvester. :shock:

Dramatic images showed farmer Andy Preston plummeting to earth before he opened his parachute as debris fell around him.
His £30,000 glider was tipped upside down in the incident and he had to let himself fall from the inverted cockpit.
And seconds later, the 70-year-old landed in a wheat field right in front of a combine harvester and had to frantically drag himself away as it “screamed” past.

Mr Preston, who has been gliding for 20 years, escaped with a cut leg and fractured vertebrate following the accident and has told how he is lucky to be alive.
He had his 10-year-old parachute checked and repacked just a week before the incident.

The drama unfolded when a second glider collided with his during a competition in Cambridgeshire.
Mr Preston told the Telegraph: “I was banking. It was a very good thermal and I was climbing at approximately 500 feet a minute.

“I did not see the other person who hit me until he had hit me. He came from the side. Who knows what happened, there was no blame involved. It was just one of those things.
“I was tipped upside down and I knew I was in trouble. Luckily I was at 4,500 feet so I had time. I realised I had to get out so I did what was necessary.
“I released the canopy and released my seat belt and because I was upside down I just fell out.
“I was too busy trying to save my life to fear for it. I did all the right things and I was mightily relieved.”

He added: “What was quite daunting was that bits of the glider were falling around me but luckily I was not hit by any of them.
“I had just had the parachute checked and repacked the week before just to make sure it was all in good order. I’m glad I did.” 8)

But if he thought the drama was over, Mr Preston added: “I landed in a wheat field and looked up and there was a combine harvester coming towards me.
“I pulled myself and the parachute 15 feet to the side and it went steaming by me. I don’t know if he hadn’t seen me or was just being bloody minded.

Mr Preston, who hosts a reggae festival on his farm in Milton Keynes, said he is still to decide whether he will get back in the air.

The pilots were taking part in the week-long Hus Bos Challenge Cup when the accident happened on Saturday afternoon.

Martin Boss, who took the images from his garden, said: "There were about half a dozen to eight gliders and I took some pictures of them. Then two of them touched each other, one of the wings came off, and it went straight down."

The British Gliding Association is investigating the incident.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstop ... crash.html

I expect the combine harvester was on autopilot, and the driver was playing games on his mobile... :evil:
 

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rynner2 said:
“I pulled myself and the parachute 15 feet to the side and it went steaming by me. I don’t know if he hadn’t seen me or was just being bloody minded.
You may be on to something Rynner. Unless the driver was in shock having been nearly landed on by a parachutist?

which must be a pretty surreal experience.
 

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You mean like a Driverless Car or a lawn mower robot? :shock:
 

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I think that too Carlos. I think it was on an episode of Autumn Watch or similar, where there are two 'farming machines' working in tandem, one harvesting and stripping and one collecting grain. If they don't run parallel, the grain is wasted, so GPS is used to keep them in tandem.

Or we are sharing false memories.

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Well, research some links for this, and you'll have something to post on the new Farmers' thread! But I'm sure we're all correct, and modern farming machinery is very high tech nowadays.

But I wonder what the 'driver' of the Combine would have thought if he had - er - 'processed' poor Mr. Preston? :shock:
 

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ramonmercado said:
CarlosTheDJ said:
Don't combines and tractors work on some sort of GPS nowadays? I may have made that up.
How did farmers do it in the old days?
Just like old-time sailors - by using the Mk.I eyeball!

(But at least farmers didn't have to allow for cross-tides!)
 
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rynner2 said:
ramonmercado said:
CarlosTheDJ said:
Don't combines and tractors work on some sort of GPS nowadays? I may have made that up.
How did farmers do it in the old days?
Just like old-time sailors - by using the Mk.I eyeball!

(But at least farmers didn't have to allow for cross-tides!)
Unless their fields were flooded.
 

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I was taught to plough (with a horse!) the same way I was taught to sail a dinghy (no horse present!).

You look at something and steer for it.

My literallism meant that this rule of thumb had to be adjusted to make sure that object chosen was

* not moving
* in the right direction
* a distance away

Otherwise you end up steering by the head of the person trying to teach you. Which doesn't work so well, I can say, backed up with empirical evidence :lol:

The horse seemed to know what it was doing but the dinghy had very fixed ideas of its own that didn't include heading for where the picnic was.
 

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CarlosTheDJ said:
Don't combines and tractors work on some sort of GPS nowadays? I may have made that up.
We can find out this evening:

Countryfile
Cornwall
Today on BBC1 South West from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
...
Adam takes the keys of a massive new combine harvester. :D
...
 

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rynner2 said:
Countryfile
Cornwall
Today on BBC1 South West from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Adam takes the keys of a massive new combine harvester. :D
...
Well, that was an anti-climax! We saw the beast, but only from the outside, and the technical talk did not include the electronics. :evil:
 

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Look at the pictures of the wreckage - how could anyone survive that?

House in Southampton destroyed by 'gas explosion'

A four-year-old girl and her father have been pulled alive from the rubble of a house destroyed by a suspected gas explosion early in the morning.
The blast completely destroyed the end-of-terrace house in the Shirley area of Southampton at about 01:30 GMT.
Neighbours in Howards Grove rescued the 36-year-old man and his daughter.
They were taken to Southampton General Hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries but both have since been discharged.

The little girl is due to be reunited with her mother, who was at work at the time of the blast.

Steve Buchanan-Lee, station manager with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "It's quite a scene - the fact that the people who were inside the property had been rescued by local residents prior to our arrival is nothing short of a miracle."

Four other houses were evacuated and other properties had their windows blown out.
Firefighters worked to ensure there was no further collapse of the building.

An exclusion zone is in place while engineers from Southern Gas Networks and Southampton City Council investigate the cause of the explosion.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-30092439

EDIT: Another report, with more pics:

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/1160787 ... e/?ref=trn
 

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Southampton house gas blast: Dad talks 'miracle' survival
[Video: Jay Sabanal: "Daddy, can you help me? That's all I could hear"]

A father has said it was a "miracle" he and his four-year-old daughter survived a gas explosion that destroyed their home.
Jay Sabanal, 36, and his daughter, Bella, were asleep when the blast happened at their end-of-terrace house in Shirley, Southampton, at 01:30 GMT.
He told BBC News: "It is really a miracle, maybe a guardian angel."

The pair, rescued by neighbours in Howards Grove, escaped with cuts and bruises.
They were taken to Southampton General Hospital and later discharged.

Mr Sabanal said: "We were asleep and then all I heard was an explosion.
"I thought it was a dream at first and then I heard my daughter screaming, shouting for me. 'Daddy can you help me' is all I can hear from her."

Bella said: "We just went to sleep but the explosion was very loud when I just woke up.
"Our Christmas tree is broken." :shock:

Mr Sabanal's wife, Liberty, was at work at the time of the blast.
She said: "I don't care about the house, because the house can be replaced, but my family won't be replaced. Bella is my only child."


Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said it was a suspected gas explosion.
Steve Buchanan-Lee, station manager, said: "It's quite a scene - the fact that the people who were inside the property had been rescued by local residents prior to our arrival is nothing short of a miracle."
Four other houses were evacuated and other properties had their windows blown out.

An exclusion zone is in place while engineers from Southern Gas Networks (SGN) and Southampton City Council investigate the cause of the explosion.
A SGN spokesman said engineers had isolated the gas supply to the property and supplies to other properties were unaffected.

Satvir Kaur, Southampton City Council's cabinet member for communities, said emergency shelter had been provided to evacuated residents.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-30105352
 

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[Video}

Serbian minister hit by giant ice chunk escapes injury

Serbia's energy minister escaped serious injury on Thursday when he was hit on the head by a heavy chunk of ice which split his protective helmet.
Aleksandar Antic was touring an eastern area hit by a recent cold snap when the block of ice fell from an overhead power line.

Power was restored to some 5,000 people in the municipality of Majdanpek later in the day.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30344349

If it had missed his helmet, it might have broken his shoulder. :shock:
 

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23 January 2015 Last updated at 17:56
Birmingham manhole explosion: Mother describes 'miracle' escape
[Video: Sanele Mhlanga said she was "feeling very blessed"]


The mother of a two-year-old girl said it is "a miracle" she escaped injury when a manhole on a Birmingham street exploded.
The blast happened at 12:21 GMT on Thursday at Warwick Road, Tyseley, as Sanele Mhlanga and her daughter, Karen, were passing.
"She didn't have a scratch. I'm feeling very blessed - she's my precious girl," Mrs Mhlanga said.
A gas leak has been ruled out as the cause by National Grid.

Video footage posted by West Midlands Fire and Rescue shows Mrs Mhlanga and her daughter walking past the manhole immediately before the explosion.
Mrs Mhlanga, who lives in Aston with her family, said: "I was just calling Karen to come towards me and the next thing I just froze and thought 'my God, what's happening'.
"[The thought of] losing my only daughter was really quite shocking - it's a miracle I'm still holding her like this."

Masood Mushtaq owns the shop whose CCTV camera captured the explosion.
He said there had been another explosion in the same manhole nine months before.
"Everybody is just worried now. Will they get it fixed, will they find the cause?"

John Hemming, the Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham Yardley, is also concerned the cause of the explosions has not been identified.
"We really do need to know what caused this because we don't know where else is risky," he said.

National Grid said their gas emergency service was called to an explosion in a BT cable box.
Its engineers found "no gas escape in or around the box" and said they were continuing routine investigations on the gas pipes in the vicinity.

BT has confirmed there was an explosion in one of its manholes.
"There is no evidence to suggest that this explosion was caused by BT equipment but of course specialist engineers will continue to conduct a thorough investigation," a spokeswoman said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-30954980
 
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An underwired bra saved a woman’s life after she was struck near the heart by a stray bullet.

Globo television network says Ivete Medeiros, a shopkeeper in the Amazonian city of Belem, was hit after she heard a commotion and emerged from a market to investigate. A thief holding up a passerby on the other side of the street opened fire, and a bullet struck Medeiros under her left breast. ...

http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/...-heart-makes-a-clean-breast-of-it-311224.html
 
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Sleeping it off

USA: Authorities in Florida say a man and woman who were intoxicated had to be rescued after falling asleep in a dumpster that was later emptied into a garbage truck.

Hillsborough County police say the couple had been sleeping in a dumpster outside a convenience store near Tampa early yesterday. When the dumpster was emptied into the back of the garbage truck, they started screaming and banging on the sides of the truck. ...

http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/...chocs-out-as-romance-goes-hi-tech-312140.html
 
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A Dutch honeymooner has become the first person to survive a fall from the 4,000ft World's End cliff in Sri Lanka.

Mamitho Lendas, 35, was taking a photograph of his new bride when he took a step backwards and plunged off the cliff.

But rather than dropping to the bottom, his fall was broken by a tree about 130ft down the rock face. ...

http://news.sky.com/story/1431822/honeymooner-survives-fall-from-4000ft-cliff
 

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A baby girl has been found alive in a car more than 14 hours after the vehicle plunged into a river in Utah.

The 18-month-old was discovered hanging upside down above water in her car seat by a fisherman on Saturday afternoon, police said.

She was rushed to a hospital in Salt Lake City, where her condition has been upgraded from critical to stable.

The toddler's 25-year-old mother, named as Lynn Groesbeck from Springville, was found dead in the driver's seat. ...

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-31791086
 

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This was lucky for the pilot, but not for the sheep...
Out on a walk to stumble across this wreckage: Pilot escapes unscathed from plane crash but three sheep killed
First published Saturday 7 March 2015
[Later updated with pics of the wrecked plane]
by Flora Thompson

A COUPLE out for a walk stumbled across this carnage in a field near their home.
Rachel Trusler was shocked to make the discovery when out for a stroll with her husband on Sunday morning.

A pilot escaped unscathed after whirling through the sky and crash landing the smoking plane in a field.
The man thought to be in his 30s took off from Shoreham Airport but his light aircraft landed in a heap minutes later after crashing through trees, a fence, a hedge, and killing three sheep.

The DA 40D Diamond Star plane also narrowly missed a pair of dog walkers as it hit the ground in a field behind the Lyons Farm Retail Park, off Lambley’s Lane, near St Mary’s Church in Sompting.
The couple alerted emergency services but as fire crews from Shoreham and Worthing arrived at 5pm on Saturday they found the man had already walked free from the wreckage totally uninjured.

Firefighter Andy Hockley, of Worthing Station, helped to make the scene safe and make sure no fuel was leaking.
He said: “We took fire extinguishers to the scene and offered first aid but everyone was OK, just a bit shaken up. “We’re told the pilot took off from Shoreham Airport but lost power as he flew over the sea, so he headed to the nearest green fields.
“He did a pirouette in the sky and crashed through a hedge, unfortunately killing three sheep.
“We think they didn’t hear him as he glided into the field. The plane was badly damaged at the
back, the wheels broken and one of the wings snapped but he got off scot free.”

etc...

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/1184...m_plane_crash_but_three_sheep_killed/?ref=rss
 

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House destroyed in huge gas blast while family on Easter Sunday walk
Family avoids large gas blast that tears off entire rear wall of detached house in village of Theddlethorpe, rural Lincolnshire, leaving every room exposed
By Danny Boyle
3:51PM BST 06 Apr 2015

A family had a lucky escape when they went for an Easter Sunday walk shortly before their home was destroyed in a gas explosion.
The blast tore off the entire rear wall of the detached house in rural Lincolnshire, leaving every room exposed and substantial damage to the roof.

Emergency services were called to the property, in the village of Theddlethorpe, near Mablethorpe, following reports of a loud explosion at about 4.40pm.
The owners had gone for an afternoon walk and had a "lucky" escape, said fire service group manager Sean King.
He added: "It was a significant explosion caused, we think, by some kind of gas leak, but we haven't been able to determine the exact cause yet due to the extensive damage.
"Luckily they'd [the owners] gone for a walk and if they'd been in the house at the time it could have been a very different story."

etc...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/new...blast-while-family-on-Easter-Sunday-walk.html
 
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... their home was destroyed in a gas explosion.
Expect a lot of these.

G4S took over the meter reading contract, promptly got rid of the experienced (well paid) meter readers, used agency staff at minimum wage, set targets that cannot be met, offered no support for reporting faulty gas or electric meters - oh and BG stopped paying bounties for spotting faulty meters.
 

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11-year-old girl's miraculous survival after being pulled under a moving train at station

A SCHOOL girl aged 11 had a narrow escape when she fell onto the tracks as a train pulled into Camborne Railway Station.
The unnamed girl was flown to the Royal Cornwall Hospital by air ambulance after she was reported to have been dragged onto the tracks after grabbing a carriage door handle.
Devon and Cornwall Police said the girl was airlifted to hospital with minor back and leg injuries following the accident at around 4.50pm yesterday.

An eyewitness told the BBC that the girl had grabbed the carriage door handle as the train pulled in and had been pulled underneath almost instantly.
Jade Willoughby, 21, said she heard a scream that went right through her and she didn't want to look down because she feared the worse. :eek:

The girl was pulled out from under the train by a man and flown to Royal Cornwall Hospital with Miss Willoughby where, after spending the night, she was released.
South Western Ambulance Service said the child was hit "at slow speed" as a train pulled into the station. British Transport Police (BTP) said they are investigating the incident which they are treating as an accident.

http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/new...being_pulled_under_a_moving_train_at_station/
 
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