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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 169408
Last updated: 10 September 2020
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Time:14:57 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 350B Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Noel Edmunds/Direct Produce Supplies Ltd
Registration: G-NOEI
C/n / msn: 1190
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Silverstone Motor Racing Circuit, near Towcester, Northamptonshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Silverstone Motor Racing Circuit, near Towcester, Northamptonshire
Destination airport:Silverstone Motor Racing Circuit, near Towcester, Northamptonshire
Investigating agency: AIB
Crashed 8.10.1985 at low level whilst taking air to ground shorts of the 1985 British Grand Prix (Formula 1 motor race). Helicopter banked steeply to the right, and crashed south east of the Chapel Curve area of the circuit, colliding with wire fencing and the Armco Safety barrier at that part of the circuit.

Of the six persons on board, there were no fatalities, but the pilot and three of the passengers were seriously injured. The passengers were a mixture of competition prize winners, and corporate sponsors of the Marlboro cigarette company.

G-NOEI was owned by the Radio 1 Disc Jockey Noel Edmunds, but he was not present at the time of the accident. Registration G-NOEI cancelled by the CAA as aircraft "destroyed" 22.01.1987


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AIB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Photo of G-NOEI courtesy

Farnborough (EGLF / FAB)
4 September 1984; (c) Mick Bajcar

Revision history:

31-Aug-2014 19:40 Aerossurance Added
16-Nov-2014 19:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
16-Nov-2014 19:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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