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16-Jan-13 G-CRST AgustaWestland AW109E Vauxhall, UK (2F)

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.

 

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10-Dec-12 G-PERA AgustaWestland AW139 Southern North Sea, UK

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

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22-Oct-12 G-CHCN Eurocopter EC225 Shetland, UK

CHC EC225 has ditched  32 miles south of Shetland, off Fair Isle.  All 19 POB reported safe and  being taken to Kirkwall on Orkney

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16-Oct-12 G-BXGA Eurocopter AS350B2 Kettlewell, UK

Chain sling contacted tail rotor drive cover, horizontal stabiliser and both tail rotor blades during lifting operations

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08-Oct-12 G-ORKY Eurocopter AS350B2 Cairngorms, UK

Hoist cable hitting tail rotor in turbulent weather conditions.  Badly damaged

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26-Sep-12 G-CGOU Sikorsky S76C++ Humberside, UK

Emergency landing made in a field after smell of burning in the cabin.  No damage to helicopter, no injuries

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14-Aug-12 Robinson R22 Leicester, UK

News report just says it crashed, no further details yet available.  Possibly G-BTHI (1732)

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10-Aug-12 G-MEDX AgustaWestland AW109E Corby, UK

Air Ambulance helicopter damaged by vandals while parked on scene – aerial broken, but no airworthiness implications

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04-Aug-12 N38763 Hiller UH-12B Elstree, UK

The pilot’s assessment was that the helicopter had lost power, compounded by the fact that the carburettor heat control had not been returned to the ‘cold’ position before the approach and landing.

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02-Aug-12 G-HOLM Eurocopter EC135T2+ Denham, UK

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.

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20-Jul-12 Boeing CH-47D Summerhill, UK

Aircraft damaged after hitting powerlines on a training flight out of Odiham

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08-Jul-12 G-LVDC Bell 206L Silverstone, UK

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

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08-Jul-12 G-OAMI Bell 206B Silverstone, UK

Industry sources tell us that the helicopter made a very heavy landing inside the circuit causing sufficient damage to require it to be taken out by road for repair.  Date needs confirming

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08-Jul-12 G-LVDC Bell 206L Silverstone, UK

While taking off, the helicopter’s low rotor rpm warning horn sounded. The pilot entered autorotation and carried out a forced landing into a field.

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25-Jun-12 Eurocopter AS332L2 Shetland, UK

Offshore support helicopter escorted to Sumburgh Airport by Coastguard helicopter after a warning light illuminated

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25-Jun-12 Sikorsky S61 St Mary’s, UK

Emergency landing at St Mary’s, Scilly Isles, on a flight out of Tresco after a warning light came on.  Apparently a ‘spurious fire warning’

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18-Jun-12 G-ROAD Robinson R44 II Corby, UK

Rotor blade clipped the branch of a tree while hover taxying

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14-Jun-12 G-LNAA MD Helicopters MD902 Coventry, UK

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.

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06-Jun-12 ZJ121 AgustaWestland AW101 Stanwick, UK

Emergency field landing due to loose/missing tail rotor blade tape.  Stayed overnight and cleared for flight next day

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22-May-12 Eurocopter AS332L2 North Sea, UK

Bbrought back to land by sea after concerns were raised about fuel samples.  Date was the day it arrived back by boat.  May need to adjust this date once more details become clear.

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10-May-12 G-REDW Eurocopter EC225 off Aberdeen, UK

Controlled ditching in North Sea and all 14 on board into liferafts and later rescued.  The helicopter remained upright on its emergency floats.  Flight number was “Bond 88R”

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04-May-12 G-STGR AgustaWestland AW109SP Helsby, UK

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.

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03-May-12 G-WIWI Sikorsky S76C++ Peasmarsh, UK

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.

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02-May-12 M-EMLI AgustaWestland AW109E Northolt, UK

Rotor blades clipped a small branch of one of the trees while the helicopter was manoeuvring to land

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25-Mar-12 G-EMOL Schweizer 300CBi Bournemouth, UK

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.

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24-Mar-12 G-BXRR Westland Scout Northampton, UK

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.

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20-Mar-12 AgustaWestland AW101 Colchester, UK

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.

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11-Mar-12 Newcastle, UK

Bottle thrown at rotor blades of helicopter, incurring damage.  Man arrested

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21-Feb-12 ZJ202 Boeing AH-64D Tattingstone, UK

Emergency landing after hitting overhead power lines on night flight

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20-Feb-12 G-NWAA Eurocopter EC135 Lancaster, UK

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

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20-Feb-12 G-SUEZ Agusta-Bell 206B Perth, UK

After suffering an engine failure at 600 ft agl the helicopter completed a successful autorotation into a field. The engine failure was a result of a fracture in fatigue of a stage-two compressor blade.

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11-Feb-12 G-SRPH Robinson R44 Crossmaglen, UK

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.

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08-Feb-12 G-OJMF Enstrom 280FX Barton, UK

In a run-on landing , the helicopter veered after landing and the tail rotor struck the ground.

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18-Jan-12 Eurocopter EC225 Aberdeen, UK

Emergency landing made after a transmission temperature indicator came on.

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16-Jan-12 G-FIRS Robinson R22 Llanwddyn, UK

Attempting to land on the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel`s designated helicopter pad. Cam down approx 100m short of the pad.  Fire was put out – foam evident in the Photo here  2POB were a male aged 30 and female aged 32.

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10-Jan-12 G-WDEV Eurocopter SA341G Salisbury, UK

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

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06-Jan-12 G-CHZN Robinson R22 Witchford, UK (1F)

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

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26-Oct-11 G-UIMB Guimbal Cabri G2 Kemble, UK

The damage to the helicopter is limited to the tail and landing gear structure. The rotor blades and the transmission suffered no damage from the hard landing at a high rate of yaw.

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01-Sep-11 AgustaWestland AW139 Southern North Sea

Emergency floats deployed without being commanded to while en route North Denes to Leman rig.  Aircraft turned back.

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12-Aug-11 Beachy Head, UK

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

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09-Aug-11 G-POLA Eurocopter EC135P2+ Birmingham, UK

Footage released of rioter pointing gun at helicopter

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29-Jul-11 G-PUMS Eurocopter AS332L2 Aberdeen, UK

Dual Automatic Flight Control System failure.

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24-Jul-11 G-ROTG Robinson R44 Marhamchurch, UK (1F)

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.

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19-Jul-11 G-GCMM Agusta A109E Corsham, UK

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.

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17-Jul-11 G-TBLY Eurocopter EC120 Sandwich, UK

Heavy landing during operations for British Open golf championship, further details awaited

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15-Jul-11 G-JERS Robinson R22 Cumbernauld, UK

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.

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05-Jul-11 Eurocopter SA330 Andover, UK

Helicopter is on its side in a corn field, more details when available.  One report suggests bird strike to blame?

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05-Jul-11 N109TK Agusta A109C Kew, UK

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.

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19-Jun-11 G-KSWI MD Helicopters MD500E Glastonbury, UK

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.

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16-Jun-11 ZJ165 Eurocopter AS365N2 Plymouth, UK

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

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11-Jun-11 G-SASH MD Helicopters MD902 Leeds-Bradford, UK

On lifting to the hover, the downwash from the helicopter pushed one parked light aircraft into another.

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04-Jun-11 G-FEDA Eurocopter EC120B Redhill, UK

The machine appears to have spun and caught the ground, leading to dynamic rollover,

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31-May-11 G-GDJF Robinson R44 Skegness, UK

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.

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16-May-11 G-GDOV Robinson R44 Chagford, UK

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

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18-Apr-11 G-REDG Eurocopter AS365N3 Norwich, UK

Engine fire while taxying for take-off to offshore rig.  Fire put out on the ground

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30-Mar-11 G-IACC Sikorsky S92A Scatsa, UK

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.

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22-Mar-11 G-EEZR Robinson R44 Fairoaks, UK

The tail rotor contacted a small bush during training involving landings on sloping ground.

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14-Mar-11 G-NISA Robinson R44 Cwmparc, UK

Emergency landing in market square.  See also second link where pilot falls foul of the CAA and gets fined for this incident

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08-Mar-11 HA-LFB Eurocopter SA341 Honister, UK (1F)

Authorities were alerted after the non-arrival of  a helicopter due from a short flight in Cumbria.  Local press reports give the owner/pilot’s name as Mark Weir.

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05-Mar-11 G-BZPP Westland Wasp HAS.1 Yeovilton, UK

Helicopter was hovertaxying when it was hit from behind hy a Starduster fixed wing aircraft.  All occupants from both aircraft are OK

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03-Mar-11 G-PTOO Bell B206L4 London City Airport, UK

Flights suspended from London City Airport after Bell JetRanger made emergency landing there and blocked the runway

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10-Feb-11 Boeing CH-47 Maker Heights, UK

Hydraulic problems force helicopter to land in field

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07-Feb-11 Aberdeen, UK

It was understood a small amount of excess fuel ignited when the Bond helicopter’s engines were starting up.  We expect it was an AS332L2 or EC225, although Bond also operate AS365M3 and AW139 helicopters

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04-Jan-11 Eurocopter AS332L2 Aberdeen, UK

CHC AS332L2 landed safely at Aberdeen Airport after a full emergency was declared due to a warning light., which may have indicted gearbox temperature problems.

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05-Dec-10 G-ODHB Robinson R44 Staverton, UK

Heavy landing by student pilot while hover taxying after door opened in flight.

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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.

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25-Oct-10 G-HBJT Eurocopter EC155B1 Blackbushe, UK

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]

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23-Oct-10 N2NR AgustaWestland A109A Mk.II Mourne Mountains, UK (3F)

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

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23-Oct-10 G-BPRI Eurocopter AS355F1 Abridge, UK

Out-of-control golf buggy struck tail rotor during start-up

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28-Sep-10 G-HRBS Robinson R22 Goodwood, UK

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.

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03-Sep-10 G-DORS Eurocopter EC135T2+ Weymouth, UK

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01-Sep-10 G-NDAA Eurocopter Bo105 Weston-super-Mare, UK

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17-Aug-10 (Serial TBA) Boeing CH-47 Conwy, UK

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13-Aug-10 G-…. (Type TBA) Aberdeen, UK

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08-Aug-10 G-NWDC Robinson R22 Derry, UK

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