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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153761
Last updated: 1 July 2019
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Date:16-SEP-2007
Time:13:16 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic EC35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter EC 135T2
Owner/operator:Hundred Percent Aviation
Registration: G-IWRC
C/n / msn: 0241
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:E of North Weald Airfield, Essex -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Kotrijk, Belgium
Destination airport:Kidlington (Oxford) Airport (OXF/EGTK)
Narrative:
The pilot and his passenger were returning to the UK from Europe. Whilst passing through the Stansted control zone, the helicopter had an event during which the auto trim in the Automatic Flight System disengaged and the helicopter pitched nose down. The pilot, believing he had a double engine failure, entered autorotation. During the landing flare the tail of the helicopter struck the ground first, severing the fenestron drive. The helicopter subsequently rolled on to its side and was extensively damaged. The occupants escaped without injuries.

Nature of Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Extensive damage to fuselage, tail boom and rotors". As a result, the registration G-IWRC was cancelled by the CAA on 17-04-2008 as "Destroyed"

However, despite this assessment, the airframe was sold on to Bond Air Services Ltd on 13-10-2008, presumably for repairs/rebuild, as the registration G-IWRC was cancelled by the CAA for the second (and presumably final) time on 31-07-2009 as "Transferred to another country or authority > GERMANY"; believed to have become D-HEBY.

Sources:

1. https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/5422f825ed915d13710006a9/Eurocopter_EC135_T2__G-IWRC_09-08.pdf
2. http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/1692290.north_weald_couple_escape_helicopter_crash/
3. http://www.northwealdfirerescue.org.uk/incidentsattended.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Mar-2013 03:48 TB Added
05-Mar-2013 08:13 TB Updated [Operator, Source]
05-Mar-2013 10:47 TB Updated [Time, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
13-May-2013 14:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
17-May-2013 18:43 TB Updated [Time, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
07-May-2016 09:31 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
07-May-2016 09:32 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type]
14-Sep-2016 12:39 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Oct-2016 17:42 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
13-Oct-2016 17:43 TB Updated [Damage]

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