28-Oct-10 G-SEWP Eurocopter AS355F2 Hilltown, UK

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.

Date:
28 October, 2010
Reg:
G-SEWP
Make:
Eurocopter
Model:
AS355
MSN:
5480
Location:
Yellow Road area of Hilltown
Country:
UK
Civil / Military:
Civil
Operator:
Police-Service-of-Northern-Ireland
Link:
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/northern-ireland-police-helicopter-crashes-in--mourne-mountains-14989406.html
Link:
http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/police-helicopter-overturns-at-crash-site-479481.html
Link:
http://www.aaib.gov.uk/publications/bulletins/june_2011/as355f2_twin_squirrel__g_sewp.cfm

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