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Narrative:During a police flight in the Barrhead area and operating under VFR, the helicopter was 'suddenly engulfed in a severe snow storm'. The pilot descended to about 200 feet agl, in order to maintain visual contact with the ground and is then believed to have attempted to find the nearby Rouken Glen Park in order to carry out a precautionary landing.
Bell 206B-2 JetRanger II
|Owner/operator:||Clyde Helicopters Ltd. opf Strathclyde Police|
|C/n / msn:|| 597|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Giffnock, Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland -
|Phase:|| Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)|
|Departure airport:||Glasgow City Heliport (EGEG)|
|Destination airport:||Glasgow City Heliport (EGEG)|
However, shortly before reaching the park, whilst in a steep left turn and probably flying relatively slowly the helicopter's engine failed. The helicopter subsequently flew into the top of a 5 storey building and fell to the ground.
The helicopter was not equipped with an engine intake Snow Deflector Kit. The possibility that the engine failed due to blockage of its air intake by snow was considered by the AAIB as 'highly likely
Registration G-EYEI cancelled by the CAA as aircraft "destroyed" 14/3/1990
3. CAP 667 review of General Aviation Fatal Accidents 1985-1994 http://www.caa.co.uk/cap667
||Dr. John Smith
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