ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65696
Last updated: 22 September 2014
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Date:10-APR-1976
Time:
Type:Brantly B-2B
Owner/operator:C.W. Udale (Plant) Ltd
Registration: G-ATFH
C/n / msn: 449
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Empingham, Leicestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Empingham, Leicestershire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Crashed on take off at Empingham, Leicestershire (the helicopter's registered home base) after tail rotor detached during hover as low level whilst transitioning from hover to forward flight. Extract from AAIB Accident report: Pilot died, passenger badly burnt

"AT ABOUT 700FT A LOUD BANG WAS HEARD FOLLOWED BY SEVERE VIBRATION AND LOSS OF CONTROL. THE TAIL ROTOR HAD FAILED IN FLIGHT.THE HELICOPTER FELL NOSE DOWN AND BURST INTO FLAMES ON IMPACT. THE PASSENGER ESCAPED WITH SEVERE BURNS BUT IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO RESCUE THE PILOT

CAA CLOSURE;- FAILURE OF BLADE OCCURRED IN FATIGUE PROBABLY DUE TO BLADE STRESSES EXCEEDING FATIGUE STRENGTH OF THE BLADE MATERIAL. BLADE RETIREMENT LIFE REDUCED FROM 3250 HRS TO 1500 HRS AND TIME BETWEEN REPETITIVE INSPECTION TO 50 HRS. FAA AD 68-4-4 & 65-28-1 ISSUED WHICH SHOULD PREVENT RECURRENCE. AAIB BULLETIN 7/76."

Registration cancelled 3/2/1977 as aircraft "destroyed"

Sources:
1. http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-ATFH.pdf
2. http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1976/1976%20-%202845.html
3. http://www.griffin-helicopters.co.uk/accidentdetails.aspx?accidentkey=14292
4. http://photovalet.com/166138

Brantly B2B G-ATFH

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-Jun-2009 23:20 VHKDK Added
08-Jul-2012 12:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
13-Feb-2013 04:30 86.159.200.159 Updated [Narrative]
23-Jun-2013 05:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code]
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