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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 184201
Last updated: 9 October 2020
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Date:19-OCT-1996
Time:18:34
Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hughes 369E
Owner/operator:AB Gee of Ripley Ltd
Registration: G-OABG
C/n / msn: 0039E
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Adjacent to the A52 Road, near Cauldon Lowe, Staffordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Haydock Park Racecourse, Merseyside
Destination airport:Holloway, Near Matlock, Derbyshire
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
Written off (destroyed) 19-10-1996: Pilot lost control of helicopter after encountering IMC conditions at night. Pilot was night rated but had not maintained his recency since 1983. He did not hold an instrument rating. Pilot was not able to maintain height or heading allowing helicopter to descend, out of control, in a near vertical descent at high speed. Helicopter completely destroyed in impact. Pilot fatally injured.

Damage sustained to airframe: per the AAIB report "caught fire, exploded and was completely destroyed". As a result, the registration G-OABG was cancelled by the CAA on 30-01-1997 as "destroyed"

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/5422fb3340f0b61342000755/dft_avsafety_pdf_501356.pdf
2. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/rk=OABG
3. http://www.griffin-helicopters.co.uk/accidentdetails.aspx?accidentkey=3587

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Feb-2016 23:07 Dr.John Smith Added
16-Jun-2016 18:24 Dr.John Smith Updated [Departure airport]

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