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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 169408
Last updated: 23 November 2017
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Date:08-OCT-1985
Time:14:57 local
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 350B Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Noel Edmunds/Direct Produce Supplies Ltd
Registration: G-NOEI
C/n / msn: 1190
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Silverstone Motor Racing Circuit, near Towcester, Northamptonshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Photo/air-to-air
Departure airport:Silverstone Motor Racing Circuit, near Towcester, Northamptonshire
Destination airport:Silverstone Motor Racing Circuit, near Towcester, Northamptonshire
Investigating agency: AIB
Narrative:
Crashed 8.10.1985 at low level whilst taking air to ground shorts of the 1985 British Grand Prix (Formula 1 motor race). Helicopter banked steeply to the right, and crashed south east of the Chapel Curve area of the circuit, colliding with wire fencing and the Armco Safety barrier at that part of the circuit.

Of the six persons on board, there were no fatalities, but the pilot and three of the passengers were seriously injured. The passengers were a mixture of competition prize winners, and corporate sponsors of the Marlboro cigarette company.

G-NOEI was owned by the Radio 1 Disc Jockey Noel Edmunds, but he was not present at the time of the accident. Registration G-NOEI cancelled by the CAA as aircraft "destroyed" 22.01.1987

Sources:

1. AAIB: http://www.aaib.gov.uk/publications/bulletins/april_1986/as350b_squirrel__g_noei.cfm
2. CAA: http://www.caa.co.uk/application.aspx?catid=60&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=reg&fullregmark=NOEI
3, http://www.abpic.co.uk/photo/1077727/
4. http://www.airliners.net/photo/Noel-Edmonds-Helicopters/Aerospatiale-AS-350B-Ecureuil/0733143/M/
5. http://www.griffin-helicopters.co.uk/accidentdetails.aspx?accidentkey=14510
6. http://www.swissandmore.de/brands_hatch_1984/aerospatiale_as-350b_ecureuil/g-noei/p00.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
31-Aug-2014 19:40 Aerossurance Added
16-Nov-2014 19:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
16-Nov-2014 19:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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