Calls for improved power line markings after death of Chipping Sodbury pilot

A CORONER has called for power lines in low flying zones to be protected with high visibility markings after an Army helicopter pilot from Chipping Sodbury died after hitting high voltage cables.

Warrant Officer Vince Hussell and his colleague Lieutenant Mark Reynolds were killed when their Squirrel helicopter hit 33,000 volt power lines at Kingscott, near Torrington, North Devon, four years ago.

Although they knew the 130-foot high copper lines were there the pair could not see them because they had oxidized and turned green, making them camouflage against the green wooded valley.

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