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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 17916
Last updated: 27 September 2021
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Date:23-JUN-1993
Time:10:49 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Agusta-Bell AB 206
Owner/operator:Lakeside Helicopters Ltd.
Registration: G-BHYW
MSN: 8043
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Farleton Knott near Kendal, Cumbria -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:SU
Departure airport:Barton Airport, Lancashire (EGCB)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
Ex-SE-HBM. To G-BHYW 16-7-1980. Written off when collided with RAF Tornado ZG754 at 440 feet agl over Farleton Knott near Kendal, Cumbria, on 23-6-1993. The Bell 206 was destroyed, killing both persons on board (pilot and one passenger), and the Tornado made an emergency landing at BAe Warton (its two crew were only slightly injured). According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"Mid air collision with RAF Tornado. Helicopter destroyed. 2 fatalities. Substantial damage to military aircraft. No injuries. Helicopter involved in pipeline survey flying at approx 400 feet AGL & 60 knots hit by military fast jet flying low level at 450 knots. Neither pilot saw the other aircraft. Neither pilot took avoiding action. Weather conditions VFR, both aircraft had high intensity strobe lights fitted & serviceable.

Fast jet severed tail rotor & tail boom from helicopter which crashed out of control killing the pilot & passenger. Fast jet, though damaged recovered without further incident. Military pilot possibly distracted just prior to impact looking for his formation leader who was momentarily obscured behind terrain. Helicopter pilots attention focused on ground activity adjacent to pipeline over which he had just completed a 360 degree orbit. No procedure in effect to advise either pilot of the others presence."

Registration G-BHYW cancelled by the CAA on 18-11-1993 as "destroyed" and "Addressee Status: Gone Away"

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/5422f997e5274a131700079d/2-1994_ZG_754_and_G-BHYW.pdf
2. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/rk=BHYW
3. http://www.griffin-helicopters.co.uk/accidentdetails.aspx?accidentkey=99
4. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/military-jets-need-warning-system-to-avoid-collisions-1421122.html
5. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/53357/page/10980/data.pdf
6. http://www.nordicrotors.com/SE-HBM/3807

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
11-Oct-2012 17:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
14-May-2016 23:25 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
14-May-2016 23:32 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]

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