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!!!!!”