Welsh Airlift Ends In Crash 1949

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    Full title reads: "Welsh Airlift Ends In Crash (Exclusive)".

    Croesor Valley, Ffestiniog, Wales. A helicopter crashes while lifting cement to mend a Welsh dam.

    MV Sikorsky S-51 helicopter flying in mountains with cement load swinging. MV mountains showing the Croesor dam and helicopter in distance.

    CU Man looking through telescope.

    LV Helicopter with load slung beneath flying through mountains. LV helicopter hovering over depositing site.

    SV Shepherd and two dogs looking on.

    LV Mountains.

    MV Men loading cement bags onto sling in the Croesor Valley. CU Men placing cement on drag.

    CU Helicopter rotor revolving. CU Nose of helicopter as it rises.

    SV Shepherd looking on. CU Drag being lifted from ground. SV Helicopter on way to dam. LV helicopter flying over mountains towards dam.

    CU Man looking on. MV Helicopter descends rapidly and crashes. SV Crashed aircraft.

    SV Pilot, Dennis Bryan, explaining to two other men what happened.

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    01:51:09:00 / 01:52:33:00
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  • The helicopter's Reg. No. was G-AKCU.

    jamied 16th Mar 2012
  • The craft was being operated by British European Airways (BEA). Aviation records record this helicopter as "Crashed 24/5/49. Written Off".

    "Festiniog" should read "Ffestiniog".

    jamied 7th May 2012
  • This helicopter also appears, (under happier circumstances!), in clip 1424.28.

    jamied 7th May 2012
  • More footage for this story can be seen in clip 2489.10.

    jamied 7th May 2012
  • Thanks. Some interesting information!

    British Pathé 18th Jun 2012

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