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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 188869
Last updated: 21 July 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B Jet Ranger III
Owner/operator:Heliscott Ltd
Registration: G-BAML
MSN: 36
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Crag Lough, 4 miles NE of Haltwhistle, Northumberland -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Carlisle Airport, Cumbria (CAX/EGNC)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off (destroyed) 30-05-2003 when crashed at Mile Castle 39, Hadrian's Wall, Crag Lough, 4 miles North East of Haltwhistle, Northumberland. The three person on board (pilot and two passengers) sustained minor injuries. According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The helicopter was being used for the filming of a history programme for TV (Britain Through Time) and had made a number of runs across Hadrian's Wall during the afternoon. The next shot was intended to be a low, slow approach to Mile Castle 39 and then a right turn around the mile-castle. A practise run was carried out but was judged to have been too fast and too close.

During the second run, when about halfway through the right turn, the helicopter began to yaw to the right. The pilot attempted to recover control but without success and it touched down hard on sloping ground at a low forward speed. It then rolled over and came to rest on its right side.

All three occupants were able to vacate the aircraft with only minor injuries. The accident happened in daylight (15:15 Local time) and in VMC. Wind 140 degrees/10 knots with possible stronger gusts. An engineering investigation failed to find any technical fault that could have accounted for the accident. It is understood that no technical reason for the loss of control was found and the AAIB therefore believes that the accident probably resulted from a loss of tail rotor effectiveness".

Nature of Damage to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Helicopter destroyed". As a result, the registration G-BAML was cancelled by the CAA on 07-07/2003 as "Destroyed".


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2. CAA:

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

Revision history:

25-Jul-2016 22:45 Dr.John Smith Added

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