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Merkel narrowly escapes helicopter near-crash
03-21-2011, 03:05 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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A police helicopter that had last week been carrying Angela Merkel lost power a few hours after dropping her off. It fell 1,000 metres before the crew could restart its engines, the Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported Sunday.

The helicopter had been transporting the chancellor from the town of Friedrichshafen am Bodensee to an election campaign event in Waldshut-Tiengen on the Swiss border.

After Merkel got off at her destination, the three-person crew began the journey back to their base near Munich. But near Augsburg, at an altitude of 1,600 metres, both engines of the Super Puma 332 suddenly died and the helicopter plunged toward the ground.

Crew members were able to restart the vehicle's engines only when it was several hundred metres above the earth.

"It's a precarious situation when both engines go out at the same time," a police official told the Bild am Sonntag. "The crew acted just as they were supposed to and got the engines going again."

The cause of the near-crash is still unknown and an investigation is now underway. The helicopter was in mint condition and first entered service in December 2010.

Experts at this point do not think sabotage was involved.


03-21-2011, 03:16 PM #2
Shadow Incognito Anonymous
hmm.gif Merkel piss someone off?
03-21-2011, 03:17 PM #3
Octo Mother Superior
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Do you know a politician that doesn't piss anyone off? 13.gif I thought it was an interesting coincidence hmm.gif
03-21-2011, 03:26 PM #4
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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damned.gif Sounds suspiciously like someone thinks Angie should take a dirt nap.


03-21-2011, 03:46 PM #5
Shadow Incognito Anonymous
First thing comes to my mind is Merkel planning to dump the Euro. There was rumors of that last year. Some economist said the first to dump the Euro would be the biggest winner in the currency game, that Germany was considering going back to the mark. There'd be a massive flight from the euro, it'd collapse practically over night... just speculating 13.gif
03-21-2011, 03:50 PM #6
Octo Mother Superior
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It could have been a warning damned.gif
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03-21-2011, 04:13 PM #7
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global warning will be the death of us all. coffeetime.gif chuckle.gif
03-21-2011, 04:17 PM #8
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03-21-2011, 04:42 PM #9
Octo Mother Superior
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03-21-2011, 04:52 PM #10
Kreeper Griobhtha
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(03-21-2011, 03:05 PM)Octo Wrote:  "It's a precarious situation when both engines go out at the same time..."

Ya think? I'd say that qualifies as one hell of an understatement!

What politics from both sides wants to teach us is that things are never complex. If you have your little package and something doesn't fit into that package, You don't know what to make of it so you want to dismiss it or then you will have to do the work of reconsidering your assumptions. - Michael Malice
03-22-2011, 12:17 AM #11
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Oh get this...

A shocking report circulating in the Kremlin today prepared for Prime Minister Putin by the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) states that the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) attempted to assassinate German Chancellor Angela Merkel this past week after her refusal to allow Germany to participate in any military actions against Libya.


37.gif Of course it was written by Sorcha Faal so, well, you know.


03-22-2011, 06:21 AM #12
Shadow Incognito Anonymous
She pissed someone off alright. The wrong someone.

A senior German source said Netanyahu had called Merkel on Monday, following the American veto in the UN Security Council last Friday and Germany's vote in favor of the Palestinian proposal to condemn construction in West Bank settlements.

The conversation between the two leaders was extremely tense and included mutual accusations and harsh statements, the official said.

Netanyahu told Merkel he was disappointed by Germany's vote and by Merkel's refusal to accept Israel's requests before the vote, the source added. Merkel was furious.

"How dare you," she said, according to the official. "You are the one who disappointed us. You haven't made a single step to advance peace."

03-22-2011, 01:33 PM #13
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Quote:"You haven't made a single step to advance peace."



03-23-2011, 02:10 PM #14
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Germany Pulls Out of NATO Operations While Kucinich Calls Obama’s Attack on Libya ‘An Impeachable Offense’


03-23-2011, 02:31 PM #15
Octo Mother Superior
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alright! hi5.gif



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