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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 189430
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Date:16-APR-2006
Time:14:55hrs
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44
Owner/operator:Michael James Hayward t/a M And M Aviation
Registration: G-MAMK
C/n / msn: 1201
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Holt Lodge Inn, Llan-y-pwll, Wrexham, Clwyd, North Wales -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL/EGGP)
Destination airport:Holt Lodge Inn, Llan-y-pwll, Wrexham, Clwyd, North Wales
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 16-04-2006: Following a heavy landing, the pilot raised the collective lever, but then lost control of the aircraft in yaw, and it fell onto its right side at the Holt Lodge Inn, Hugmore Lane, Llan-y-pwll, Wrexham, Clwyd, North Wales. No reported injuries to the four persons on board (pilot and three passengers). According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The helicopter was on a private flight from Liverpool to a landing site beside a hotel near Wrexham. The weather was good, with a light breeze of up to 10 knots. The pilot reported that he flew an orbit around the planned landing site, and flew an approach into wind (judged from the windsock beside the landing site).

He transitioned into the hover without difficulty but the subsequent landing was heavy, and he raised the collective to correct this. He recalled that he then applied too much right yaw pedal, and lost control of the helicopter, which fell onto its right side. There was no fire, and the occupants vacated the aircraft without injury.

Examination of photographs taken shortly after the accident, together with further discussions with the pilot, indicated that the approach and landing had been flown downwind. A flying instructor, experienced on R44s, suggested that the high weight at which the helicopter was being flown may have contributed to the difficulty in achieving a smooth downwind landing."

Nature of Damage to the airframe: Per the AAIB report "Substantial; aircraft damaged beyond economical repair". However, the helicopter was sold on twice after its accident: firstly on 09-05-2006 to a new owner in Tarporley, Cheshire. They, in turn, sold it on to a further owner in Walsingham, Norfolk on 11-09-2006 (see link #6). The UK registration G-MAMK was finally cancelled by the CAA on 11-12-2006 as "Transferred to another country or authority > CANADA". However, this may have been for parts recovery and/or parting out (scrapping), as no Canadian registration has yet been found.

Sources:

1. AAIB; https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5422fddaed915d1371000967/Robinson_R44__G-MAMK_08-06.pdf
2. CAA: http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=reg&fullregmark=MAMK
3. http://www.griffin-helicopters.co.uk/accidentdetails.aspx?accidentkey=44
4. https://www.flickr.com/photos/paulkelseyphotography/14902534581/in/photolist-mZgHxH-oGTokp-6iToPS
5. http://coptercrazy.brinkster.net/search/r44show.asp?start=1201&count=50
6. http://www.pprune.org/rotorheads/241831-crash-repair-r44-good-buy.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Aug-2016 23:35 Dr.John Smith Added
21-Aug-2016 23:38 Dr.John Smith Updated [Nature, Narrative]
21-Aug-2016 23:39 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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