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Reported lightning strike - shipped to Norway for repair by associated company HeliOne. Helicopter has not flown in the two months after 6th February, so while that date is not 100% confirmed, it would be very close if it is not correct.
AW109 Helicopterhit crane and crashed to ground, killing the pilot Pete Barnes and one person on the ground, Matt Wood. Top of the crane may have been in the cloud - check photos on the second link below. The crane is marginally south of the H4 heliroute, which has a 1500ft restriction at this point. Weather likely to have led to flying lower, but as a twin would technically not be restricted to following the routes. Helicopter was en route Redhill to Elstree, but diverting to Battersea due to low visibility. Pilot named here as Peter Barnes. 13 people hurt on the ground.
12 December: Bond Offshore Helicopters can confirm that one of its aircraft developed a technical problem whilst on an offshore platform. Engineers were dispatched and examined the aircraft. Once the relevant part has been delivered and fitted, the aircraft will be returned to normal service. update 14th December - G-PERA returned to Norwich Airport yesterday afternoon after the required part was fitted. Bond then carried out five additional flights yesterday, returning 75 passengers to Norwich Airport
Industry sources tell us (with photo evidence provided) that the helicopter took off with clamshell rear doors still open. Tower alerted pilot who returned to the airfield. Some items fell from the helicopter in the interim.
Industry source tell us that a force landing was made, and during flare the main blades clipped the stabliser end-plates. Damage pointed out by refueller when next uploading fuel, and pilot continued a further one or two more legs. Date needs confirming
Emergency field landing with patient on board while on transfer flight. Patient continued to destination courtesy of AgustaWestland AW109 of Warwickshire & Northants Air Ambulance. MD902 later flown short distance to Coventry Airport where it remained grounded at least the next day.
Whilst manoeuvring for landing at a private helipad, the helicopter’s tail rotor blades struck an adjacent fence. The pilot received no unusual cockpit indications and was unaware of the tail rotor strike until after shutdown.
Following an event in which high torque was used, flight data was analysed on behalf of the operator using incorrect conversion information relevant to earlier variants of the helicopter. The operator was therefore unaware that total torque had exceeded a level at which maintenance action was required. This article suggests the passengers were Paul Macartney and his wife.
Date is estimate - helicopter was seen being loaded onto a road trailer 26-Mar-12 at Bournemouth Airport being taken for repair. Operator name and registration had been covered over with black bin liners. Training accident, further details awaited - but noting that the helicopter does not look badly damaged from a photo we have seen.
Pilot flared on final approach to hotel landing site but helicopter did not slow down as quickly as he expected so he increased the flare attitude, causing the tail to strike the ground. The helicopter started to yaw to the right, pilot lowered the collective, resulting in a heavy landing. The pilot and his passengers were uninjured and able to vacate normally.
The downdraft of a Merlin helicopter on a training exercise at Colchester General Hospital damaged support poles holding up a covered walkway linking Gainsborough Ward with the main hospital building so badly it had to be taken down. Cars in the car park – including a police vehicle – suffered broken windscreens.
Window smashed by vandals after helicopter went AOG and had to be parked up overnight. North West Air Ambulance have confirmed helicopter registration and date - note that the BBC are reporting the wrong date in their story
Confined site with various small buildings in the immediate vicinity. As the helicopter lifted off, it yawed to the left but the pilot over corrected. He then applied more collective in an attempt to escape from the situation but the helicopter yawed through about 180° and reached a height of about 25 to 30 ft, before descending. Before hitting the ground, the pilot pulled the cyclic control aft, to slow down. The tail struck the ground and the main rotor blades struck a nearby Portakabin, causing it severe damage. The helicopter came to rest upright on its skids. The pilot, who had not flown in the preceding 90 days, attributed the accident to over controlling on pedals and collective.
Helicopter down in wooded area. 3POB - owner/pilot Andy Ridings was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital with chest and head injuries, along with another man who was suffering from back pain and head injuries. The third is believed to have suffered a dislocated ankle. Second/third POB were Mike Rosser and Ian Sutton
While on planned route Manston to Fenland, crashed in open field. Helicopter ended upside down with roof of cabin and rotorhead apparently taking the bulk of the impact - tail boom mainly undamaged. Port skid had been ripped off, and tail was separated but only a few metres away from the boom. Registration confirmed in this TV report and pilot named as Robert Crofts-Bolster here
A small helicopter, believed to be connected to the Airbourne event at Eastbourne, has made an emergency landing near Beachy Head. It is believed that the pilot sent out a Mayday message having suffered a bird strike. Given the event link, this was either a Navy Lynx from the Black Cats team, or a helicopter doing sightseeing flights
1 fatal - owner Chris Watts aged 45. A fixed wing pilot flying in the area reported this online "There was a lot of horrible, low drifting clag about with drizzle and the situation was rapidly changing." Caught fire on crash landing.
Just prior to touchdown the tail rotor struck a hedge and a concrete post, damaging the tail rotor and its gearbox. There were no injuries. On arrival at an industrial depot the normal landing position had been obstructed by two articulated lorries.
The instructor reported that as the helicopter slid forward along the ground while practising running landings, it moved into an area of longer grass causing the front of the skids to become caught. The student raised the collective in an effort to pull the helicopter free, but this caused the skids to dig in and initiated a forward rollover.
While cruising at 150 kt at 750 ft agl a bird struck and shattered the left windshield. The commander, seated in the left seat, suffered minor injuries so the co-pilot took control and made a successful emergency landing. The Agusta A109C’s windshield is not designed to withstand bird strikes and the regulations do not require it to do so.
Probable that the helicopter sustained a mechanical failure in the cruise, resulting in loss of pitch control to one of the tail blades. During the subsequent attempt to land, the airspeed reduced to the point where directional control seems to have been insufficient to maintain heading. At a height of approx 50 ft, the helicopter yawed rapidly right before the rotation ceased and it developed a high rate of descent. The helicopter struck the ground heavily and was destroyed. The pilot sustained serious injuries. There was no fire. The investigation found fatigue cracks emanating from corrosion pits on the tail rotor blade pitch horn on one blade, which led to its failure. Also, the associated tail rotor pitch link had failed.
Nose wheel collapse on runway landing on training flight. Runway blocked for period of time which necessitated diversion of one airline flight. Civil owned, Military Registered aircraft, operated by British International for Royal Navy "Flag Officer Sea Training" unit
west-north-west wind of 10 to 20 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. During the hover the helicopter yawed suddenly to the right. To avoid a collision with nearby trees, the pilot landed in an adjoining field. The landing on the uneven ground was reported to be "abrupt" and the helicopter rolled over, damaging the rotor blades, tail and skids.
Two hotel guests were treated for injuries after their helicopter crashed in woods close to Gidleigh Park Hotel. Helicopter referred to as a two-seater. Head/neck injuries quoted. Wrongly reported as a two-seat helicopter, as it was an R44
The helicopter was ground taxied onto a parking spot and brought to a stop by the commander, who was the pilot flying. He then intended to apply the parking brake but inadvertently raised the collective control lever, which caused the helicopter to become airborne. He released the collective control lever, which was lowered by the collective trim system to the fully down position, and the helicopter landed heavily, causing damage to the landing gear and airframe.
Helicopter was hovertaxying when it was hit from behind hy a Starduster fixed wing aircraft. All occupants from both aircraft are OK
Flights suspended from London City Airport after Bell JetRanger made emergency landing there and blocked the runway
The pilot lost control of the helicopter whilst manoeuvring at low speed to approach a hilltop landing site in quite strong wind conditions. The investigation determined that an error of judgement or perception led the pilot to attempt a downwind approach. A combination of human factors was thought to have contributed to the accident.
HeliHub.com understands this EC155 suffered a blade strike. We are aware that it was roaded from Blackbushe Airport to Eurocopter UK at Oxford on 25th October 2010, so for the time being we will assume this was the date. Please email any update to [email protected]
Fatalities were Charles Stisted, 47, chief executive of the Guards Polo Club at Windsor, owner Ian Wooldridge, 51 of demolition company Wooldridge Group and the pilot was Anthony Joseph Smith, a former RAF and Army pilot
The pilot over-controlled the aircraft on experiencing dynamic rollover during take off. The aircraft became airborne and began rotating, before impacting the ground and sustaining serious damage to the tail. The pilot was unaware of the damage and continued the flight although he subsequently landed without further mishap.