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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153942
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Date:17-MAR-2004
Time:11:35 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic EC20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter EC 120B Colibri
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-EMCM
C/n / msn: 1160
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Oxford Airport, Kidlington, Oxfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Kidlington Aerodrome (OXF/EGTK)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 17-03-2004 when crashed on take off at Oxford Airport, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxfordshire. No injuries reported to the three persons on board (crew of two plus one passenger). According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The helicopter was being used for conversion training of a pilot who held a PPL and had a total flying experience of about 250 hours. While operating from the grass training area on the airfield, the student pilot attempted to lift the helicopter into the hover prior to take-off. When the helicopter had become light on its skids it started to move gradually to the right until the right skid caught either on the ground or a clump of grass. It started to roll to the right, at which point the instructor took control and attempted to correct the situation. However, despite applying full left cyclic control, the helicopter continued to roll and eventually came to rest on its side.

Despite his 'considerable experience', the instructor commented to the AAIB that the speed at which the rollover developed caught him completely by surprise. The AAIB notes that his instinctive reaction to try and control the roll solely by the use of the cyclic is understandable in the very short time the accident took to occur."

Nature of Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report, the helicopter sustained "Substantial damage". Presumably, the damage was enough to render the airframe as "beyond economic repair", as the registration G-EMCM was cancelled by the CAA on 06-09-2004, as "destroyed". The wreck of G-EMCM was sold to Heli Holland and stored at their heliport in Emmen, the Netherlands.

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5422fe6aed915d1374000961/dft_avsafety_pdf_028730.pdf
2. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/rk=EMCM
3. http://www.griffin-helicopters.co.uk/accidentdetails.aspx?accidentkey=3363
4. Photo of remains: http://avia-dejavu.net/photo%20G-EMCM.htm

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Mar-2013 13:00 TB Added
10-Mar-2013 13:00 TB Updated [Source]
19-May-2013 00:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
15-Jul-2013 19:39 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Aug-2016 22:24 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total occupants, Location, Source, Narrative]
01-Aug-2016 22:24 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
01-Aug-2016 22:25 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
25-Sep-2016 17:06 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Operator, Location]

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