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Military helicopter de-energized tens of thousands of homes

December 13 2007

In Holland more than 50 thousand homes left without electricity today. The reason for this was a military helicopter that had caught the mast power line north of the city, Ben Bos.
Combat helicopter "Apache" touched the mast during a training flight. Top of the mast broke, the wire broke and fell at their ends in the river Waal. Were damaged helicopter flew for some distance and made a forced landing. In addition to electricity, because of failure in large parts of disconnected telephone. Since the high-voltage tower located on an island in the middle of a wide river with a fairly swift current, to eliminate the accident had to bring engineering and sapper troops facing pontoon ferry. Electricity was restored almost 5 thousand homes by connecting them to an electrical outlet nearby areas.

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