According to a newspaper report a new component part has been added to the engine just before take-off, possibly causing the engine failure. The 47-year-old pilot and his passenger were only minor injured in a sucessful autorotation landing, although it caused substantial damage to the helicopter. 2 on board minor injured.
Helicopter was operating a scheduled passenger flight from the Miller Platform in the North Sea, to Aberdeen. Whilst cruising at 2,000 ft amsl, and some 50 minutes into the flight, there was a catastrophic failure of the helicopter’s Main Rotor Gearbox (MGB). The helicopter departed from cruise flight and shortly after this the main rotor and part of the epicyclic module separated from the fuselage. The helicopter then struck the surface of the sea with a high vertical speed. All on board – 2 crew and 14 passengers – died in the accident
A helicopter carrying Muhsin Yazicioglu, chairman of Turkey’s Grand Unity Party (BBP), crashed.Â The Longranger was on its way from province of Kahramanmaras to the central province of Yozgat with five passengers and the pilot on board, according to the report.