Probe as helicopter's survey gear causes Aberdeenshire power cut

A helicopter carrying out a survey in a search for minerals in north east Scotland caused a power cut to over 1,000 homes after it struck an electricity pylon.

The electromagnetic monitoring loop, suspended below the aircraft, struck a pylon near Balmedie on Saturday morning – blacking out homes and businesses for five hours.

SSEN engineers carried out repairs and power was restored to all 1,004 properties affected by 3pm.

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Aberdeen Minerals Limited said it was aware of the incident.

Helicopters routinely survey the ground using antenna strung below the aircraft
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A spokesman said: "Reports that this was a result of the geophysical array colliding with a power line are being investigated by the company and its contractors.

"We can confirm that the helicopter is safely on the ground.

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"Flight operations have been suspended, pending liaison with the relevant authorities."

A spokesman for SSEN Distribution said: "We'd like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank our customers for their patience as our engineers worked to restore power as quickly as possible."

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