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23-Sep-20 G-???? Airbus H175 Aberdeen, UK

Failure of recently-overhauled main gear box during ground run. Significant damage to the main gear box

No information provided on registration or operator.

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26-Jul-20 G-WTWT Robinson R44 II Herne Bay, UK

Helicopter landed on its side in an open field.  4 POB not seriously injured

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13-Dec-19 G-WNSV Sikorsky S92 Sumburgh, UK

Aircraft was en-route to a North Sea oil field, East of Shetland, it declared an emergency following a lightning strike and returned to land safely at Sumburgh.

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26-Feb-19 G-HWKS Robinson R44 Sketrick Island, UK

Helicopter struck and broke power cable, but landed OK in a very tight location

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02-Nov-18 G-FLYX Robinson R44 Denham, UK

As the helicopter lifted, it began to rotate to the right which the instructor attempted to counter with the application of left pedal and by lowering the collective. The helicopter then rolled to the left and the front of the left skid contacted the ground before breaking off. The helicopter continued to roll further to the left, with the rotor blades striking the ground, before coming to rest on its left side with the engine still running.

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27-Oct-18 G-VSKP Leonardo AW169 Leicester, UK (5F)

Helicopter took off from Leicester City FC stadium and crashed shortly after in the adjacent car park.  Five fatalities named by police as Club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two members of his staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

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05-May-17 G-MATH Airbus AS350B3 Wycombe Air Park, UK

Landed on its port side with minimal damage to anything on the starboard side (stabiliser, tail rotor), although starboard skid somewhat bent.  Possible dynamic roll-over.  3 POB all to hospital, one with life-threatening injuries

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02-May-17 G-MCGG Sikorsky S92 Kirkfieldbank, UK

Helicopter went unserviceable on the ground at an emergency callout

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11-Feb-15 G-OAMI Bell 206B Booker, UK

Date is not confirmed but is between 4th February and 11th when it was transported from Booker (Wycombe Air Park) by road.

Substantially damaged in heavy landing with 5 on board.  Industry sources indicate that the tail boom was badly damaged in the autorotation landing.

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10-Dec-15 G-OAGC Airbus EC225 Aberdeen, UK

CHC EC225 made emergency landing following warning light in cockpit.  Helicopter was reported as 60 miles out east from Aberdeen to a rig when it turned round and returned to Aberdeen

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25-Sep-15 G-DEFY Robinson R22 Elstree, UK

Student pilot (reportedly on first solo), and helicopter ended on its side

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15-Sep-15 Airbus EC155 Norwich, UK

Oil rig support helicopter had malfunction leading to one engine being shut down and immediate return to base

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12-Sep-15 G-LROK Robinson R66 Denham, UK

Take-off accident, ended on its starboard side with creased tail boom, destroyed rotor mast and blades.  One of the two occupants needed first aid only.

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09-Sep-15 G-IGHH Enstrom 280 Aldbury, UK

Helicopter struck and cut powercables on take-off, crashing in the field below shortly after, minor injuries to the pilot.  Helicopter rolled over and ended up on its rotorhead

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17-Aug-15 G-LHXL Robinson R44 Goodwood, UK

Large taildragger fixed wing (Boeing Stearman N56200) taxied directly into the parked and unattended R44, causing extensive damage to cabin, avionics etc.

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22-Jul-15 G-BYKF Enstrom 28F Dunkeswell, UK

Details to be confirmed, but reported “in a nose down attitude in the business park”

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06-Jul-15 YU-HET Airbus SA342J Stapleford, UK

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.

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26-Jun-15 Aberdeen, UK

Bristow aircraft returned to base after caution light illuminated – reportedly in error

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25-Jun-15 G-CDXX Robinson R44 Leicester, UK

Take off accident, helicopter fell onto its side.  One minor injury

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25-Jun-15 G-CDXX Robinson R44 II Leicester, UK

The pilot was intending to make a local flight and having completed his pre-flight checks, gradually increased the rotor rpm to about 80%. From the CCTV it can be observed that at about this time, the helicopter rapidly yawed to the left and rotated through about 290° before tipping over onto its right side. The helicopter came to rest with a sufficient gap between the forward right door, which had opened as the helicopter struck the ground, and the concrete apron to enable the pilot to vacate the helicopter unaided. The pilot reported sustaining minor injuries.

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21-Jun-15 G-TFHW Bell 206B Pembrey, UK

Due to weather conditions on Saturday 20th, the helicopter was unable to fly and remained grounded at the site.  While parked and unattended on Sunday 21st, the helicopter was damaged by cattle which managed to break through fence from adjacent field. Nose area damaged.   Fly Heli Wales had provided the helicopter for the Welsh Game Fair based at Pembrey Country Park.  Registration assumed as it is the only helicopter operated by Fly Heli Wales – and the event website referred to a JetRanger being used for tour flights

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28-May-15 Airbus EC225 North Sea, UK

Emergency landing at Aberdeen with 19 POB plus 2 crew after alarm sounded – later reported as false

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13-May-15 Airbus H155 Norwich, UK

Near miss between two (Eurofighter) Typhoon jets and an EC155

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19-Apr-15 Boeing CH-47 Lisvane, UK

Chinook dropped part of its underslung load in farm field.  Chinook was flying as part of the Joint Warrior exercise

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01-Apr-15 G-CGUB Airbus EC225 North Sea, UK

Aircraft turned back to Aberdeen before reaching destination.  7 POB.  Reported as a Cowling Open warning light

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25-Feb-15 G-CEDG Robinson R44 Aspley Guise, UK

3 POB not seriously injured after emergency landing in farmland and helicopter ended upside down.  Was en route to Sussex

Appears from BBC story that pilot had problem with tail rotor control and executed a run on landing on a level but soft field, and then one skid dug into the mud and flipped the helicopter over.

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13-Feb-15 G-THLA Robinson R22 Brenzett, UK

Crashed in ploughed field on training flight.  Instructor and student suffered minor injuries

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12-Feb-15 G-ECMC Robinson R22 Goodwood, UK

Dynamic roll over onto port side on training flight

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02-Feb-15 Airbus AS350B3 Popham, UK

Airframe vibration and control problems.

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22-Jan-15 G-GALC Sikorsky S92 nr Sumburgh, UK

Bristow flight BHL60A has declared an emergency just NE of Shetland and returned to Sumburgh.  Press article refers to an unspecified cockpit warning light.

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04-Jan-15 G-EMAA Eurocopter EC135T2 Biddulph, UK

Precautionary landing due to fog and ended up parked overnight.  No damage

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27-Dec-14 G-REDV Eurocopter EC225 North Sea, UK

Suspected lightning strike, returned to base.  Reg to be confirmed

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30-Oct-14 G-MOGY Robinson R22 Acklington, UK

Two POB to hospital.  Information suggests that the skid toes stuck into the ground during a run-on landing, causing the helicopter to cartwheel.  No vertical force in the accident as skids have not splayed out.  Skid toes missing forward of front skid legs, and nose “turned up” where helicopter cartwheeled onto its nose

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10-Oct-14 Sikorsky S92 Aberdeen, UK

At around 11.15am, fire crews were called to Dyce, after the pilot of the CHC S92 alerted air traffic control and asked for emergency crews to be placed on stand-by as it made a return to base landing.  Landed safely

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27-Sep-14 AgustaWestland Lynx Fryton, UK

Precautionary field landing after malfunction on night flight

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26-Sep-14 G-CIGZ Sikorsky S92 Aberdeen, UK

Emergency landing with 3 POB.  Declared emergency at 2.20pm and landed at airport safely 2.39pm

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21-Sep-14 G-OKEY Robinson R22 Elstree, UK

Crashed from a low hover on a training flight.   Male pilot and female student uninjured.

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16-Sep-14 G-SUEX Bell 206B Flamborough, UK (2F)

Initial reports coming in. Witnesses say they heard a “loud crack” shortly be fire the helicopter started descending rapidly.

The helicopter took off from Dechmont, near Livingston in West Lothian and was due to land at Humberside Airport for refuelling before flying on to Gamston, presumably en route it’s home base at Manston. It had been operating experience flights at Ingliston Showgrounpd on Saturday  13th and appears to have been en route home.

The report here named the pilot as Brian Bridgman and the passenger as John Kent

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17-Jul-14 XS568 Westland Wasp Gosport, UK

Damaged when fell off the back of a lorry near the gate of HMS Sultan, Gosport

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16-Jul-14 G-PACL Robinson R22 Liverpool, UK

While practising a simulated engine failure in the hover, the helicopter rolled about its left skid and came to rest on its side.

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12-Jun-14 G-BWAV Schweizer S300C Dunsfold, UK

The pilot was attempting a practice autorotation when the accident occurred. He did not realise that he had failed to achieve a split between engine and rotor rpm, with the result that the rotor rpm reduced to below the normal operating range. The pilot was unable to prevent the helicopter striking the ground hard. It was destroyed in the accident, although the pilot escaped injury.

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03-Jun-14 G-IDUP Enstrom F280C Sywell, UK

Main blades hit hangar while manoevering close to the fuel pumps

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02-Jun-14 XZ936 Eurocopter SA341 Boscombe Down, UK

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 for a protracted period, out of phase with the oscillation in pitch attitude. The pitch oscillation continued (albeit to a lesser extent) and whilst full aft cyclic was maintained, the collective was lowered fully causing the disc attitude to be such that the MRB struck the tail. There was a subsequent violent roll of the airframe, before a full cessation of movement; this is assessed to be as a consequence of the impact forces.

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29-May-14 N66CN Robinson R66 Woodhead Pass, UK

Emergency landing due to weather with three on board going to a rugby match at Huddersfield

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21-May-14 Eurocopter EC225 Aberdeen, UK

Emergency landing

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01-May-14 Eurocopter EC225 Aberdeen, UK

Bristow EC225 en route to Talisman’s Clyde platform returned to base after a warning light came on

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29-Apr-14 Eurocopter EC225 Shetland, UK

Offshore helicopter diverted to Sumburgh Airport due to warning light.  Airport was on full emergency alert.  Safe landing.  18 pax and 2 crew

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07-Apr-14 ZJ187 Boeing AH-64D Maryculter, UK

Emergency field landing due to mechanical issue, no apparent damage.

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29-Mar-14 G-BYCF Robinson R22 Elstree, UK

The student pilot was attempting a solo lift from a grass surface. Whilst applying left cyclic input to correct a right side low condition, the helicopter rolled rapidly to the left in what was reported as a dynamic rollover incident.

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26-Mar-14 G-ODAZ Robinson R44 Wittering, UK

While flying at 1,000 ft in VMC conditions, the helicopter struck a bird which the pilot identified as a buzzard. The pilot carried out a precautionary landing to inspect the helicopter, which suffered a broken windscreen transparency. After the inspection, the pilot continued the flight to his destination at White Waltham. He reported that he did not see the bird before it struck the helicopter so had been unable to take avoiding action.

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21-Mar-14 G-OLCP Airbus AS355N Peterborough, UK

The helicopter was hover taxiing from its parking position towards the runway. As it did so, the tail of a Cessna 152 parked at a nearby refuelling point lifted and, under the influence of the rotor wash and a relatively strong surface wind, the aircraft came to rest inverted.

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20-Mar-14 Sikorsky S92 Aberdeen, UK

Engine warning – All 16 passengers and two crew landed in safely at Aberdeen Airport and the helicopter is being inspected by engineers.

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13-Mar-14 G-LBAL AgustaWestland AW139 Beccles, UK (4F)

4 fatalities reported in a helicopter crash at Gillingham near Beccles, Suffolk UK around 7.30pm.  Low visibility due to fog reported.  Helicopter had just taken off from Gillingham Hall bound for Northern Ireland.  Press report indicates that the fatalities included owner Edward Haughey

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13-Mar-14 Sikorsky S92 Aberdeen, UK

Helicopter turned round on flight to ENSCO 100 offshore rig following a technical warning and made a successful precautionary landing back at Aberdeen

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29-Jan-14 Eurocopter AS332L2 Sumburgh, UK

Pilot of offshore helicopter issued distress call 45 miles from Sumburgh and was escorted to a safe landing by Coast Guard helicopter.   Report suggests pilot had indication of a “pump failure” without providing more details.  Aircraft grounded awaiting engineering support

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27-Jan-14 G-CCUO Hughes 500D Droitwich, UK

Shortly after takeoff the pilot experienced yaw control difficulties, resulting in the loss of control of the helicopter and a subsequent crash landing. The pilot escaped with minor injuries. In the absence of any mechanical abnormalities, the most likely cause of the accident is a loss of tail rotor effectiveness.

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17-Jan-14 ZA130 Westland Sea King HAR.5 Androssan, UK

Emergency field landing.  Engineer called.  Flew out later same day

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07-Jan-14 88-26109 Sikorsky HH-60G Cley, UK (4F)

Lakenheath-based Pave Hawk helicopter crashed during a night low-level training exercise due to a multiple bird strike, killing all four on board – named as Capt Christopher S. Stover, Capt Sean M. Ruane, Technical Sergeant Dale E. Mathews and Staff Sergeant Afton M. Ponce.. The helicopter went down between a beach car park at Cley and Eastbank, near Salthouse.  See official report here

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08-Dec-13 G-IOOZ AgustaWestland AW109S Withypool, UK

Reportedly a night landing  involving tail rotor impacting trees (or the ground) – causing heavy and awkward landing with wheels dug into soft soil.  Owner reported incident to police on 08-Dec-13 but accident may have been 07-Dec-13

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29-Nov-13 G-SPAO Eurocopter EC135 Glasgow, UK (10F)

EC135 helicopter crashes onto roof of a crowded bar during a live music gig at approx 10.25pm.  Ten fatalities – the three in the helicopter and seven on the ground.  32 to hospital, of which 14 with serious injuries.  Statements issued so far include those from Scottish Police, helicopter operator Bond Air Services, manufacturer Eurocopter, British authority CAA, and British accident investigators AAIB.  The final report stated that both engines flamed out due to fuel starvation after the transfer pumps – which bring fuel from the main tank to each cell of the supply tank – were inexplicably switched off.

Fatalities named as pilot David Traill, police officers Tony Collins and Kirsty Nelis in the aircraft, and Gary Arthur, Samuel McGhee, Colin Gibson, Robert Jenkins, Mark O’Prey, John McGarrigle and Joe Cusker on the ground

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06-Nov-13 OY-HJJ Eurocopter EC155 Clipper Field, UK

Shortly after takeoff from an off-shore platform at night, the helicopter entered a series of extreme pitch excursions which resulted in the airspeed reducing below 20 kt, followed by a descent. The flight crew were eventually able to recover to normal flight. The helicopter had descended to within approximately 50 feet of the sea surface. It was found that the helicopter’s flight path was consistent with inappropriate control inputs. The investigation concluded that a combination of technical and organisational factors had pre-disposed the flight crew to believing that the helicopter was not performing correctly, which led them to depart from normal operating parameters. This resulted in the crew rapidly becoming disorientated to the extent that their ability to control the helicopter safely was compromised. Several safety actions have been taken by the helicopter operator.

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09-Oct-13 Sikorsky S92 Scatsa, UK

S92 returned to airport after burning smell in cabin.  Safe landing

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04-Oct-13 G-BPWI Bell 206 Upper Edgebold, UK

The pilot noticed that the engine turbine temperature had increased to close to its maximum limit and prepared to make a precautionary landing. During the approach the indication returned to normal, so he decided to continue the short distance to his destination. As the helicopter climbed away, the engine failed. The pilot carried out a forced landing during which the tail boom struck the ground. He candidly commented that, on reflection, it would have been better to continue with the precautionary landing, rather than having to attempt a forced landing without power from low altitude.

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03-Oct-13 Westland Sea King Mk.4 Yeovilton, UK

Details unknown but reported as a training flight.  Photo of recovery shows tail blades bent round

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20-Sep-13 Westland Sea King Nigg Hill, UK

Precautionary landing after bird strike with a goose.  16 hours later it was flown to Lossiemouth for more detailed examination

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12-Sep-13 Eurocopter EC225 North Alwyn platform, North Sea, UK

Technical issues prevented take-off and required engineer next day

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23-Aug-13 G-WNSB Eurocopter AS332L2 nr Shetland, UK (4F)

CHC helicopter reported ditched in North Sea , 18 POB reported with 14 rescued and 4 fatalities named as Duncan Munro, 46, from Bishop Auckland, Sarah Darnley, 45, from Elgin, Gary McCrossan, 59, from Inverness, and George Allison, 57, from Winchester.

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07-Aug-13 ZJ122 AgustaWestland AW101 Old Colwyn, UK

An RAF helicopter was forced to land in a field in Conwy county as a precaution after encountering tail rotor issues

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03-Aug-13 G-JESI Eurocopter AS350 Fenny Drayton, UK

Smoke in cockpit, force landed, helicopter destroyed in ensuing fire.  Pilot uninjured.  Time approx 10.30pm and location reported as close to (or at?) the MIRA test track.

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19-Jun-13 G-ECUK Eurocopter AS350B3e Begbroke, UK

Multiple sources tell us that this AS350B3e crashed and written off at 7.39pm after reported tail rotor issues.  This helicopter was delivered new to the owner less than two months ago.

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23-May-13 G-XXEB Sikorsky S76C++ Denham, UK

Precautionary landing after technical issue with VVIPs on board -Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall

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02-May-13 G-MRRY Robinson R44 Denham, UK

Tail boom broke off from the cabin area – which in turn came to rest on the vertical rear of the engine cover with the nose pointing to the sky.

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12-Apr-13 G-HBOB Eurocopter EC135T2+ Sunningdale, UK

Aircraft grounded after problem involving netting across an astroturf sports field at a school.  Needed engineer before it could fly, stayed overnight and departed next morning.

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11-Apr-13 G-EROM Robinson R22B Redhill, UK

Substantially damaged – solo student training flight

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18-Feb-13 Sikorsky S92 North Sea, UK

Emergency shutdown on rig after overheating indication, which later turned out to be false

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