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COASTING ALONG: Downdraft from rotor blades, and the need to use an unusually long strop line to clear tall trees beneath the helicopter, complicated last week's operation to position sections of a footbridge over the remote River Irthing at Willowford, Cumbria. Contractor for the pounds80,000 footbridge, Laing Construction, and steelwork fabricator Hartlepool Erections Group, called in the RAF Chinook helicopter after it was feared land-based plant would damage the countryside. The ...

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