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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153944
Last updated: 18 June 2020
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Date:07-NOV-2003
Time:14:31
Type:Silhouette image of generic EC20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter EC 120B Colibri
Owner/operator:Cloud 9 Helicopters
Registration: EI-IZO
C/n / msn: 1191
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Swansea Airport, Fairwood Common, Swansea, Glamorgan -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF)
Destination airport:Swansea Airport, Fairwood Common, Wales (SWS/EGFH)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 07-11-20003 when crashed at Swansea Airport, Fairwood Common, Swansea, Glamorgan. No injuries reported to the five persons on board (pilot and four passengers). According to the following official AAIB summary into the accident:

"The helicopter was stationary in the hover over the apron area at Swansea Airport when it unexpectedly yawed left and pitched nose down. The surface wind was a gusting crosswind, varying in direction, from the right and slightly behind the helicopter at 15 to 20 kt. The pilot attempted to recover but the cyclic control reached its aft limit of travel and he was unable to prevent the forward fuselage and front of the right skid contacting the paved surface, followed by the main rotor blades. The helicopter rolled over and slid along the ground for some distance before coming to rest against a vehicle. All persons on board escaped uninjured".

Nature of Damage to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Substantial" damage.

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5422f536e5274a131700057d/Eurocopter_EC_120B__EI-IZO.pdf
2. CAA; https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/200525.PDF
3. http://www.griffin-helicopters.co.uk/accidentdetails.aspx?accidentkey=3376
4. http://homepage.eircom.net/~eihelicopters/eiizo.htm
5. https://www.pprune.org/rotorheads/150069-ec120-4.html#post2641861

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Mar-2013 13:21 TB Added
10-Mar-2013 13:22 TB Updated [Source]
29-Jul-2016 23:27 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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