Lifestyles of the Misinformed

New items like THIS just demonstrate that people do not understand nuclear power, and the media continues to use it as a lightning rod to generate readers.

A U.S. Border Patrol helicopter went down Thursday night near the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, the FAA said.

The McDonnell Douglas 600N, with three people on board, made a forced landing because of engine trouble.

The three people were able to exit the helicopter on their own and were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Aerial images showed the chopper sitting on the edge of the surf, just north of the nuclear plant. The aircraft was significantly damaged, authorities said.

The helicopter was going from the airport in Long Beach, California, to the Brown Field airport in San Diego, said Vince Bond, the Border Patrol’s public information officer.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the case.

wow. exciting stuff, eh? Helicoptor has problems. Puts down. Everyone walks out.

This thing could have landed in a Wal-Mart parking lot and you probably wouldn’t have heard about it (unless the crew tried to cut in line to get at the new shipment of Wii’s, then stand the F by). But because it lands in the general vicinity of the wing shack that the mid-shift buys snacks from the headline is “Helicopter goes down near Nuclear Plant.”

It’s crap like this that keeps people believing Greenpeace when they show pictures of cooling towers and make statements like “Nuclear plant spits toxic radiation into the skies!!!!!”

It’s steam.


Gov't Toxic Air Dispensers strategically placed to keep your kids as dumb as you are.

Gov't Toxic Air Dispensers strategically placed to keep your kids as dumb as you are.

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2 Responses to Lifestyles of the Misinformed

  1. Pathetic says:

    You are 100% correct. The media is either frighteningly ignorant about nuclear power plant construction or intentionally trying to scare the public by generating fake news just to get ratings.

    These plants are designed to withstand direct hits from very large aircraft without a scratch, let alone a helicopter.

    Since everyone escaped with minor injuries, the only real story here is that we have one less border patrol copter in operation.

  2. Chap says:

    “The helicopter went down”? For a landing?

    I’m betting the journalist’s Exciting Prose Machine was working a little too well…

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