German helicopters tank up in Norway

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11 June 2004OSLO - Admittedly it's not every day a helicopter lands in front of your petrol station. But six? That's what Erling Boland of Hatlestrand south of the Norwegian west coast city of Bergen experienced, the newspaper Bergens Tidende reported Friday.

11 June 2004

OSLO - Admittedly it's not every day a helicopter lands in front of your petrol station. But six? That's what Erling Boland of Hatlestrand south of the Norwegian west coast city of Bergen experienced, the newspaper Bergens Tidende reported Friday.

First one helicopter landed, then another, finally there were six in all, Boland said, according to the newspaper's online edition.

Thursday's unexpected "invasion" turned out to be a group of German tourists on a tour of the west coast. When one of the six helicopters ran short of fuel, the pilot decided to land and refuel.

How do you fill up a helicopter at an ordinary petrol station?

"It was really neat. They folded the rotor blades so that they did not take up so much space. Then they put wheels on the helicopter's landing gear and pushed the helicopter to the pumps," Boland said, adding that he sold them 250 litres of regular petrol.

After refuelling, the helicopters continued on their planned route. The emergency pit stop naturally attracted a lot of curious onlookers.

DPA

Subject: German news

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