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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 77865
Last updated: 13 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44
Registration: G-CBXX
C/n / msn: 1264
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Conlig, Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Near Conlig, Bangor, Northern Ireland
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 08-05-2004 when crashed near Conlig, Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland: On lifting into the hover, the aircraft began to oscillate in pitch. A hard landing ensued and the aircraft rolled onto its side. The pilot - the sole person on board - was uninjured. According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"Following an uneventful flight of about 10 minutes with one passenger, the pilot landed in a northerly direction on a level field on his farm to allow the passenger to disembark. The weather was good with a northerly surface wind of approximately 5 knots. The pilot in the front right seat maintained a constant cyclic position while the passenger got out of the front left seat and cleared the helicopter to the front.

Once he was clear, the pilot applied collective and lifted into the hover. Almost immediately, he was aware that the cyclic control was almost fully forward and seemed very "light". The aircraft began to oscillate in pitch. Unable to control this movement, the pilot's priority was to land and this resulted in a hard landing, following which the helicopter rolled onto its side.

No defect with the control system could subsequently be identified, although the disruption to the controls from the impact was severe."

Nature of Damage to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Severe damage" sustained to airframe. As a result, the registration G-CBXX was cancelled by the CAA on 08-05-2004 as "Permanently withdrawn from use"


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2. CAA:

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

Revision history:

19-Sep-2010 19:13 angels one five Added
19-Sep-2010 19:24 angels one five Updated [Date]
22-Dec-2012 17:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
11-Jan-2015 21:40 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Embed code]
02-Aug-2016 21:54 Dr.John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Plane category]
02-Aug-2016 22:43 Dr.John Smith Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
02-Aug-2016 23:05 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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