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Analysing an aviation tragedy

Director of City's aviation management programmes, Captain Tilmann Gabriel, is interviewed by BBC London Television regarding the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report into last year's fatal Vauxhall helicopter crash.
by John Stevenson

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In an interview with BBC London Television, Captain Tilmann Gabriel, Director of City's aviation management postgraduate programmes, contributed his views on the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) report released into last year's Vauxhall helicopter crash.

The pilot of an Agusta AW109 helicopter and a pedestrian were killed on 16th January 2013 when the aircraft clipped the jib of a crane on the St George's Wharf Tower.

The AAIB report says that in 2009, operators of London Heliport raised safety concerns to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) about a potential collision. 

nullCaptain Gabriel, who has over 35 years' combined experience as a pilot, pilot trainer, airline executive and certified aviation safety consultant, drew attention to the need for more information to be shared between construction companies and helicopter operators in particular, given the "constantly changing construction landscape along the very busy helicopter routes on the Thames".

Captain Gabriel is a managing partner and consultant with Tiansalo Limited and has held executive positions with Qatar Airways and CHC Europe, among other career highlights.

Please visit this weblink to read the full BBC London story with accompanying video clip.

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