A helicopter full of oil-rig workers is struck by lightning and goes down in the violent weather of the cold North Sea. How big of a role did the weather play that day?

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Episode credited cast:
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Narrator (voice)
Rene Anobis ...
Ed Trimble
Paul Rowe ...
Passenger #2
Chuck Herriott ...
Passenger #3
Geoff Lowe ...
Brian Backhouse
Kevin Lewis ...
AAIB Investigator
J.P. Carriere ...
H.O. Officer
Trent Ings ...
Co-pilot
Scott Wickware ...
Rob Buchan
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Ced Roberts
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Lionel Sole (as Andy Sabiston)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rob Buchan ...
Himself - Survivor
Jim Ferguson ...
Himself - Aviation Journalist, Scottish TV
John Hardwick ...
Hiimself - Lightening Expert
Alex Hill ...
Himself - Meterological Manager, London
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A helicopter full of oil-rig workers is struck by lightning and goes down in the violent weather of the cold North Sea. How big of a role did the weather play that day?

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26 October 2005 (Canada)  »

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Helicopter Down.
22 February 2017 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

Another episode from this fine Canadian series that is surprisingly gripping. A damaged helicopter with 14 passengers at low altitude simply isn't pregnant with drama the way a huge airliner falling apart at 37,000 feet is.

Yet this is not only stirring but informative. We learn what life is like aboard one of those monstrous oil rigs in the turbulent North Sea, for instance. It's as pleasant as practicable. (Otherwise, who would work there?) The food is grand but no women or booze.

We also learn how the men get back and forth from Aberdeen to the many rigs out there, who leases the oil rights to whom, what kind of ditching training the crew and passengers endure, and so on. Judging from this reenactment, the passengers could should have paid more attention.

I won't spell out the details. The writing and the graphics are crystal clear and could be followed by a high school kid in a physics class. If you choose to watch an episode, this is as good as any.


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