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Heathrow plane crash video 'in appalling taste'

The video has been attacked as "in appalling taste" by pro-Heathrow campaign group 'Back Heathrow', made up of businesses, residents and unions.

To promote a film that shows a plane crashing into houses as part of a campaign against a major local employer is in appalling taste. It really smacks of desperation.

We are genuinely shocked that Zac Goldsmith and his celebrity judging panel have stooped so low to score a cheap political point by whipping up fear in the local community.

Most local residents want Heathrow to succeed and will not recognise this portrayal of their airport.

– ROB GRAY, CAMPAIGN CO-ORDINATOR, BACK HEATHROW

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Heathrow crash video wins £3,000 runner up prize

by Simon Harris: Political Correspondent
  • The £10,000 first prize went to a film called 'Heathrow Won't Listen' which used aircraft noise to drown out the sounds of everyday life
  • The £3,000 runner up, 'Say No', shows a Boeing 747 landing on a street and demolishing homes
  • The videos were shortlisted by the judges before a final vote from an audience at Richmond Theatre

Video of jumbo jet smashing into houses wins anti-Heathrow competition

by Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

A video showing a jumbo jet smashing into a street of houses has won a prize in an anti-Heathrow film competition backed by MP Zac Goldsmith.

The animation came second in a contest which featured celebrity judges Hugh Grant, Holly Willoughby and Boris Johnson's sister Rachel.

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Hugh Grant to judge anti-expansion Heathrow film contest

Hugh Grant and writer Giles Brandreth will be among the judges deciding the winner of an anti Heathrow expansion film contest later on today.

The competition was organised by Conservative MP and environmentalist Zac Goldsmith and encourages entrants to produce a film opposing the proposed construction of a third runway at Heathrow airport.

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Heathrow Express train derailment under investigation

Rail accident investigators are working out how a Heathrow Express train derailed at Paddington Station.

No one was injured after the train came off the tracks Credit: raib.gov.uk

The passenger train, which was empty at the time, came off the tracks early in the morning on Sunday May 25. It was travelling slowly towards the buffers at the time. The driver stopped the train twice after it derailed. On both occasions, unaware of what had happened, he restarted the engine.

First passengers 'impressed' by Heathrow's Terminal 2

After greeting the 178 passengers and 11 crew on the first flight from Chicago, Heathrow's development director at Heathrow ,John Holland-Kaye, said he was delighted with the opening.

He said: "It's gone as well as we could have hoped for. I could not be more pleased. Our months of planning and testing have paid off and I want to thank the many thousands of people who have made this opening possible."

One of the first passengers to arrive at Heathrow's Terminal 2, Mohan Rao is greeted by staff dressed as a yeaoman warder and beefeater Credit: PA

But there were some bits of bad news. Through no fault of T2, a United plane from Chicago due to arrive at 8.35am was delayed for nearly three hours. Also, Heathrow arriving and departing passengers were having to contend with a strike by RMT union members on the Heathrow Express rail link.

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One of the first workers at the new terminal today was flower-stall operator Mariana Irigui, from Ealing, west London. She said: "The new terminal is beautiful. It's bright and airy."

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More than 180 trials for T2 have taken place over the last six months involving 14,000 volunteers. As many as 100,000 bags have already passed through the T2 baggage system, with peak loads tested at 4,000 bags per hour compared with an expected peak of 2,500 bags

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First plane arrives at Heathrow's new Terminal 2

Heathrow's £2.5 billion new Terminal 2 (T2) has received its first passengers as a transatlantic jet arrived from Chicago.

  • The United Airlines flight touched down in west London at 5.49am today, to be welcomed by Heathrow bosses anxious to show off their new facility
  • It was the first of just 34 flights - all operated by United - that will be operating on the terminal's first day
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