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06-01-2004 06:49 PM  13 years agoPost 1
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Courtesy of Aero-news.net :


Model Plane Champ Killed At British National Competition
Struck Dead By Lightning

A British model plane enthusiast is dead after he was struck by
lightning Sunday at the British national competition at RAF
Barkston Heath in Lincolnshire.

ITV reports Peter Harris, 63, of Kidderminster in the West
Midlands, had been involved in British Model Flying Association
competitions for years. He was struck down by lightning as he
bicycled across the airfield to pick up his model glider during a
fierce thunderstorm at the British Free Flight National
Championships.

"He's been doing this as long as I have," said tournament
organizer Mike Woodhouse. "I've known him forty years and he was
due actually in a couple of months time to fly in the European
championships representing his country in Romania. Now he won't be
able to do that job."

The three-day tournament continued Monday in spite of the
tragedy, with a memorial in honor of Harris.

"Everybody knows everybody else and unfortunately it happens,"
said Woodhouse. "You see golfers being struck by lightning, but not
people who fly toy airplanes. It doesn't happen to us."

The BMFA issued this statement through its website Monday:

It is with great sadness that we inform you of a tragic accident
which occurred at the Free Flight Nationals on Sunday 30th May.

Peter Harris from Kidderminster who was a very well known and
respected member of the Free Flight community was cycling across
the airfield during a very sudden and violent thunderstorm when he
was struck by lightning. First aid was administered at the scene
and an ambulance crew arrived within minutes to take Peter to
hospital in Grantham. Sadly, Peter died of his injuries.

All flying activities were suspended for the remainder of the
day. The competition resumed on Monday 31st May (it is thought that
this is what Peter would have wanted) following a service on the
airfield lead by Rev (Sqn Ldr)Stephen J Radley from RAF
Cranwell.

I am sure that the thoughts of every BMFA member will be with
the family and friends of Peter at this very sad time.
FMI: http://www.bmfa.org

For the WHOLE story, go to http://www.aero-news.net/news/sport...fa-ec07a775b611

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06-01-2004 07:05 PM  13 years agoPost 2
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Wow, what an awful event, nothing anyone could do....

How can you possiably do anything to prepair or prevent that from happening?


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06-01-2004 07:17 PM  13 years agoPost 3
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How can you possiably do anything to prepair or prevent that from happening?
Well, I hate to say it, but... riding across an open field on a bicycle(lightning rod) may not have been the best way to avoid being struck by lightning.

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06-01-2004 07:18 PM  13 years agoPost 4
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What a horible twist of fate. All those years of flying. and then to be struck by lighting going to retrive the model. A very sad event.

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06-01-2004 07:35 PM  13 years agoPost 5
w.pasman

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Model flyer hit by lighting while cycling over an airfield? Sounds like a stupid 1 april joke!

Do they fly in rain or so?? I thought that that was not done with competitions

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06-01-2004 07:48 PM  13 years agoPost 6
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sad news

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06-01-2004 08:18 PM  13 years agoPost 7
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Very sad news indeed.

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06-01-2004 09:45 PM  13 years agoPost 8
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Sad news indeed but lets look at it from the positive side. He died doing what he loved and probably died instantly.

I can think of a lot worse ways to go and a lot worse places.

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06-01-2004 11:00 PM  13 years agoPost 9
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Sad to read

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06-01-2004 11:02 PM  13 years agoPost 10
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Very Sad news.. Condolences to his family.. And like people said he died doing what he loved..

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06-02-2004 10:30 AM  13 years agoPost 11
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Harsh Janek.

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06-02-2004 01:00 PM  13 years agoPost 12
heli1man

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Biking in a thunderstorm

Life is tough........................It's tougher when you're stupid

Sad

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06-02-2004 01:53 PM  13 years agoPost 13
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I wish to apologise to the modeling world for the rude comments made by Janek and some other idiots on this forum. These sentiments are NOT the feelings of the heli community, but of only one small insignificant piece of fly **** on the windshield of a great community.

My deepest sympathies for the family and friends of this modeler.

Paul Soha

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06-02-2004 02:09 PM  13 years agoPost 14
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I am with Paul on this one.. Come on guy's get real someone has just died here and you start with stupid posts.. We should all count ourselves lucky that we haven't died when we did something "stupid"..

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06-02-2004 02:10 PM  13 years agoPost 15
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Mr. politically correct man (aka. bed wetter)

shoa,
Apology accepted......................How many times have you ridden your bike in an electrical storm?..............I have deep regret for the loss of a life. It truly is a tragic event, and the way that it happend was easily prevented...............That is what makes it so tragic.................But don't be stupid!.......................This did not need to happen...............No need to slash back with your limited vocabulary at those who voice what anyone who has read this thread has already thought in their own mind.............Riding a bike in an electrical storm to retrive a toy...............DUH!

Like I said "Life is tough, it is tougher when you're stupid".........try to remember that.

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06-02-2004 09:33 PM  13 years agoPost 16
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lightning can strike anywhere any time...even indoors!!!!!i'm an electrician and have repaired lightning struck premises before...so when you "non stupid"people put ur bike back in the garage cos of an electric storm and think your smart!!!waiting indoors...just be careful ...you may not be as smart as you think!!!!!

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06-03-2004 08:44 AM  13 years agoPost 17
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I was talking to one of our club member about this incident yesterday (he went to the FF nats and saw it). The thunderstorm had apparently finished half an hour before the accident.

Please remember that this is a model aircraft forum, and that people who read this may well be the friends or family of the deceased. If you would be happy to say these things to his nearest and dearest, I guess you should carry on. Irrespective of what your opinion may be (you are entitled to it), I ask you to STFU in this environment.

I am not trying to oppress you, or deny you your freedom of speach; I'm just asking you to think outside your narrow-minded, selfish little heads and spare a thought for others.

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06-03-2004 11:52 AM  13 years agoPost 18
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heli1man & Janek


I hope neither of you get caught in some Freak accident if you do I hope there are arseholes like you waiting in the gutter to make thoughtless stupid comments. You are an embarrassment to the rest of us.

I hope no one related to the deceased is unfortunate enough to be subjected to your crass comments.

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06-03-2004 05:27 PM  13 years agoPost 19
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Very sad news. We should take precuation of lightning attack like golfers do. There is always danger of lightning attack when you are standing on a flat and wide flying field. Hope all of us will bear this in mind and this will not happen again. Great sympathy to Peter's family.

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06-03-2004 09:17 PM  13 years agoPost 20
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Sad

Be it not a real smart thing to be doing with lightning, It was just his time to go. Reguards to his family.

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