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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 44696
Last updated: 15 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44 Raven II
Owner/operator:Productive Investments Ltd
Registration: G-SPAL
C/n / msn: 10319
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ardsheal Hill, Kentallan Bay, Appin, near Oban, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Perth/Scone Airfield (PSL/EGPT)
Destination airport:Appin, Scotland (PVT)
Investigating agency: AAIB
On September 19, 2004, at 19:57 UTC, a Robinson R44, G-SPAL, was destroyed when it collided with terrain while on approach to a private landing site at Ardsheal Hill, Kentallen Bay, Appin, near Oban, Scotland. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the passenger received fatal injuries. The helicopter had departed Perth/Scone Airfield, Perth Scotland.

The pilot was returning from Perth (Scone) Airfield to a private landing site at night with one passenger on board. As he was about to begin manoeuvring in the vicinity of the landing area, the passenger slumped across the flight controls and shortly afterwards, the helicopter impacted the side of a hill in level flight at slow speed. The pilot was able to free himself from the wreckage but the unconscious passenger was fatally injured in the subsequent fire.

A later BBC report (see below) named the passenger fatality as Major Neil Sutherland, aged 68, from Kentallen. Aircraft written off (damaged beyond repair) and the registration G-SPAL was cancelled by the CAA on 17.05.2005


1. NTSB Identification: CHI04WA263 at
2. AAIB:
3. CAA:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Jan-2012 14:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Location, Country, Source, Narrative]
03-Dec-2014 19:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Aug-2016 21:27 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source]

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