Wirestrike Accident Agusta A109A Mk II G-PJCB,
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Date:Wednesday 27 June 1990
Time:09:08 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic A109 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Agusta A109A Mk II
Owner/operator:J C Bamford Excavators (JCB)
Registration: G-PJCB
MSN: 7437
Year of manufacture:1989
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Rocester, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Blackbushe (BBS/EGLK)
Destination airport:Rocester
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Crashed after striking power-lines on approach to the helipad at the JCB Factory at Rocester. Staffordshire. The helicopter hit power cables at a height of about 30ft and crashed beside the A5030 road near Rocester shortly before landing at the J C Bamford Excavators' plant in the town after completion of a flight from Blackbushe.

The flight was part of a customers liaison visit to the factory and had apparently been proceeding routinely until arrival in the Uttoxeter area. The helicopter was then seen to 'dive' into the valley of the River Dove, which it then followed, flying low and fast and banking steeply from side to side to keep within the valley, towards Rocester

Of the six persons on board (pilot and five passengers) 2 passengers were killed, three passengers and the pilot were seriously injured.

In a subsequent trial it was alleged that low flying over company land had been encouraged to give customers a thrill.


1. AAIB: https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/5422f5db40f0b61342000541/Agusta_A_109_A_Mk2__G-PJCB_11-90.pdf
2. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/rk=PJCB
3. Construction News 2 Aug 1991: https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/home/02aug91-uk-jcb-chairman-gives-evidence-in-customers-helicopter-death-crash-case/1706384.article

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

Revision history:

27-Jan-2010 09:45 Alpine Flight Added
23-Sep-2012 09:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Country, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Feb-2013 10:11 TB Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
15-Feb-2016 19:45 Dr.John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Jul-2016 20:05 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Narrative]
24-Jun-2017 21:16 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Jun-2017 09:01 Aerossurance Updated [Source]

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