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Date:04-JUN-2011
Time:16:53 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic EC20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter EC 120B Colibri
Owner/operator:EBG Helicopters
Registration: G-FEDA
C/n / msn: 1129
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Redhill Aerodrome, Redhill, Surrey -   United Kingdom
Phase: Taxi
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Redhill Aerodrome, Redhill, Surrey (EGKR)
Destination airport:Redhill Aerodrome, Redhill, Surrey (EGKR)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
Written off 04-06-2011: Control was lost during a turn whilst hover taxiing in gusting wind conditions. The right skid contacted the ground, causing the helicopter to roll onto its side. The three person on board (pilot and two passengers) sustained minor injuries. According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The helicopter was hover taxiing towards its allocated landing pad beside a hangar. The wind at the time was described as north-easterly at 9 knots, gusting to 21 knots. The pilot stated that as he approached the landing pad he applied left yaw pedal to turn left. The helicopter responded but continued to turn beyond the desired heading.

The pilot applied right pedal in an attempt to stop the turn, but the helicopter continued to rotate at an increasing rate until control was lost. The right skid contacted the ground, causing the helicopter to roll onto its right side and the main rotors to strike the ground.

When the helicopter came to rest, the pilot applied the rotor brake and fuel shutoff lever before jettisoning the
front left door and assisting his passengers."

Nature of Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "General damage to fuselage; main blades, tail section,
skids and floats all detached". As a result, the damage was severe enough to render the airframe as "destroyed", and the registration G-FEDA was cancelled as such on 08-02-2012

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5422f85ced915d13740006bb/EC120B_Colibri__G-FEDA_09-11.pdf
2. CAA: https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=reg&fullregmark=FEDA
3. http://forum.scramble.nl/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=74912
4. https://www.pprune.org/rotorheads/453581-helicopter-down-redhill.html
5. http://helihub.com/2011/06/04/04-jun-11-g-feda-eurocopter-ec120b-redhill-uk/
6. https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/local-news/helicopter-blown-over-redhill-aerodrome-4815013_

Accident investigation:
cover
  
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Jun-2011 15:24 gerard57 Added
05-Jun-2011 15:42 RobertMB Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Location, Country, Source, Damage, Narrative, Plane category, ]
09-Sep-2011 05:55 harro Updated [Time, Phase, Source, Narrative]
16-Sep-2012 14:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
13-Oct-2012 17:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
08-Mar-2013 03:24 TB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
04-Dec-2016 00:23 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Dec-2016 00:24 Dr.John Smith Updated [Phase]

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