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‘There’s no evidence to suggest our bus driver was at fault’ says Metrobus after Hawth Ave Crash in Crawley

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A Metrobus spokesperson has released a statement following the crash on the corner of Hawth Ave and Furnace Drive.

Marie Sansom from Brighton & Hove Buses said:

“A route 2 Metrobus bus and a van collided at the junction of Furnace Drive and Hawth Avenue in Crawley at 11.28am today. 

Six passengers were taken to hospital with minor injuries and our driver has been taken to hospital with knee injuries. 

There’s no evidence to suggest our bus driver was at fault. The van driver also sustained injuries.

Emergency services and senior Metrobus colleagues are on the scene. 

Please check the Metrobus website for details of service disruption.”

You can check the Metrobus website for updates here.

A spokesperson for South East Coast Ambulance Service said:

“I can confirm ambulance crews including our Hazardous Area Response Team, (HART), attended the scene and were joined at the scene by the air ambulance service following reports of an RTC involving a bus and a van.

The air ambulance was stood down shortly after arrival. We assessed and treated a total of 12 patients at the scene, the majority of whom were described as walking wounded.

The two drivers of the vehicles were taken to East Surrey hospital and are not thought to have suffered serious injuries. The walking wounded patients were taken to East Surrey Hospital and Crawley Hospital.”

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Report reveals Airbus missed drone by just metres at Gatwick Airport

The crew claim that had autopilot been on then they could have collided with the drone.

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A report just released has revealed that an Airbus A320 narrowly avoided hitting a drone as it came in to land at Gatwick Airport back in the summer.

This is the second narrow miss reported by crew as they came in to land at Gatwick this year. In April another A320 crew reported having to take evasive action to avoid a collision.

This occasion the drone was much closer though.

The report by the UK Airprox Board says that the A320 pilot was in the late stages of a manual ILS approach into Gatwick.

Interestingly it also says that the crew had taken on extra fuel dure to reports of drone activtity in the London area and also by the controller.

As the plane descended past 350ft the captain called out “drone” which both crew saw being slightly left ahead of them.

The crew were able to keep visual contact with the drone as they flew past but the drone was only 100m away and at the same height as the plane.

The crew were unable to make an evasive manoevre due to the speed of the event and they later reported that if the plane had still been on autopilot then they believed there was a high probablity they would have struck the drone.

The first officer, a drone enthusiast, identified the drone as a DJI Inspire.

The incident happened on the 8th July and was classed as a category A which is the highest risk category given.

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