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Helicopter ended up on its side on a narrow strip of grass between hotel and canal after main blades struck building. Unclear from early press reports whether it was an intentional or emergency landing. Pilot “detained on suspicion of endangerment”
During ground run post-maintenance, the SA342J Gazelle took off to 10ft and then dropped to the ground. MW Helicopters engineer on board was reportedly not a qualified pilot – and was not injured in the accident. Starboard skid ripped off, tail boom badly creased.
Helicopter overflew a boat before flying at low level and high speed, getting lower very gradually until hitting the water. The water surface was glassy smooth, perhaps contributory. After crashing, the helicopter is said to have sunk almost immediately. The pilot/owner who died has been identified as 41 year old Alexei Afonchenkovu. Passenger survived
On touchdown the aircraft ‘porpoised’, initially nose down, due to contact with the heels of the skids followed almost immediately by the cyclic being displaced fully aft and a progressive left (lateral) cyclic displacement. The cyclic was then centralised longitudinally as the aircraft pitched up before it was again displaced fully aft, on this occasion… Read more »
Helicopter down in wooded area.Â 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.Â The third is believed to have suffered a dislocated ankle.Â Second/third POB were Mike Rosser and Ian Sutton
Helicopter made contact with a wall and crashed onto rocks close to the shoreline.Â The crash killed pilot Lt. Å ahbaz Belhadin (44), Major Ivan Obradovic (36) and Vidoje Tomic (35), a sergeant first class.