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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 157620
Last updated: 13 December 2018
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Date:19-JAN-1995
Time:c. 12:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS32 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 332L Super Puma
Owner/operator:Bristow Helicopters (BHL)
Registration: G-TIGK
C/n / msn: 2044
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 18
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:6 mi SW of Brae Alpha platform -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Aberdeen Airpoert (ABZ/EGPD)
Destination airport:Brae Alpha platform
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
Struck by lightning while descending to the Brae A platform in the North Sea. Part of a tail rotor blade was lost. The resulting heavy vibrations resulted in a fatigue failure of the Tail Gear Box mounting. This resulted in loss of tail rotor drive. The TGB however remained held in place by its hydraulic pipes, avoiding a shift in CG and a catastrophic pitch down.

The helicopter successfully ditched in the rough sea (~Sea State 5), all POB (2 crew and 16 passengers) evacuated and were rescued. It sank some time after the after evacuation.

Sources:

http://www.aaib.gov.uk/publications/formal_reports/2_1997__g_tigk.cfm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
16-Jul-2013 14:46 TB Added
16-Jul-2013 14:49 TB Updated [Source]
22-Aug-2014 10:18 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
10-Oct-2015 21:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
08-Mar-2017 16:43 TB Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source]

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