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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 131564
Last updated: 19 February 2020
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Date:19-JUN-2011
Time:14:20 BST
Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hughes 369E
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-KSWI
C/n / msn: 0204E
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Near Cinnamon Lane, Glastonbury, Somerset -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Draycot Farm Aerodrome, Chiseldon, Swindon, Wiltshire
Destination airport:St. Mellion, Saltash, Cornwall
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
Written off (destroyed) 19.6.2011 when crashed near Cinnamon Lane, Glastonbury, Somerset; The pilot, who was the only person on board, was airlifted to Frenchay hospital in Bristol with a serious head injury. According to the following except from the official AAIB report:

"While flying in the cruise at an altitude of 2,200 feet amsl, it is probable that the helicopter sustained a mechanical failure that resulted in the loss of pitch control to one of the tail rotor blades. During the subsequent attempt to land in a field, the airspeed reduced to the point where directional control of the helicopter seems to have been insufficient to maintain heading. At a height of approximately 50 feet, the helicopter yawed rapidly to the right before the rotation ceased and it developed a high rate of descent. The helicopter struck the ground heavily and was destroyed. The pilot survived but sustained serious injuries. There was no fire.

The investigation established the presence of fatigue cracks emanating from corrosion pits on the tail rotor blade pitch horn on one blade, which led to its failure. Also, the associated tail rotor pitch link had failed. The sequence of the two failures could not be established but either could explain the helicopterís behaviour before it crashed. Neither the failed section of this tail rotor blade pitch horn nor the associated pitch link were recovered from the accident site."

Aircraft presumably written off (damaged beyond repair) as the registration G-KSWI was cancelled by the CAA as aircraft "destroyed" on 26.01.2004.

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5422f069e5274a13140002eb/McDonnell_Douglas_Helicopters_Hughes_369E_G-KSWI_02-12.pdf
2. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/
3. http://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/news/9093414.Helicopter_crash_near_Glastonbury/
4. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/man-hurt-in-helicopter-crash-near-glastonbury-2300074.html
5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-13832785
6. https://www.pprune.org/rotorheads/455060-helicopter-crashes-field-glastonbury.html
7. https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/jun/19/helicopter-crash-glastonbury-pilot-head-injury

Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation 2011-100 issued by AAIB to FAA
Safety recommendation 2011-101 issued by AAIB to FAA
Safety recommendation 2011-102 issued by AAIB to FAA

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


Images:


Library image of aircraft

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
19-Jun-2011 11:13 RobertMB Added
19-Jun-2011 14:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
19-Jun-2011 23:32 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
20-Jun-2011 11:08 splendidorca Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Embed code]
17-Feb-2012 13:43 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]
02-Dec-2014 19:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
07-Jul-2016 00:50 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator]
04-Dec-2016 22:44 Dr.John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Dec-2016 22:50 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
04-Dec-2016 22:51 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]

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