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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 189465
Last updated: 8 June 2020
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Date:09-MAY-2006
Time:13:06
Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hughes 369HS
Owner/operator:2 Heads Global Design Ltd
Registration: G-ORRR
C/n / msn: 114-0673S
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Hanover Hill, Lane End, near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Checkendon, Buckinghamshire
Destination airport:Wycombe Air Park, Booker (EGTB)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
Written of (destroyed) 09-05-2006 when crashed at Hanover Hill, Lane End, near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire: Engine ran down and aircraft crashed during attempted forced landing. No injury to the pilot - the sole person on board. According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The helicopter was being positioned from its base at Checkendon to Wycombe Air Park, High Wycombe to refuel. During the approach to Wycombe Air Park, as the helicopter descended through about 750ft over woodlands about 2.5 miles from the airfield, its engine began to suffer 'power fluctuations'. The pilot subsequently elected to carry out an auto-rotation and turned the helicopter through 180 degrees, into wind.

However, when the pilot began the landing flare at a height of between about 40 and 50 feet, the helicopter's rate of descent suddenly increased. The helicopter touched down hard on the back of its skids and then pitched forward. The main rotor, which was still under power, struck the ground and the helicopter rolled over onto its left side.

The accident happened in daylight (13:06 hours Local time) and in VMC; wind 350 degrees/5 knots., visibility 10 km
and a 1,600 feet cloud base. The pilot's total flying experience was 118 hours of which 18 hours were on type. The AAIB was unable to find any reason for the reported power fluctuations"

Nature of Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Helicopter destroyed". As a result, the registration G-ORRR was cancelled by the CAA on 12-12-2006 as "Destroyed"

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5422ee2840f0b613460001f7/Hughes_500C-369HS__G-ORRR_09-07.pdf
2. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/rk=ORRR
3. http://www.griffin-helicopters.co.uk/accidentdetails.aspx?accidentkey=15029
4. https://www.pprune.org/rotorheads/225247-possible-heli-crash-near-wycombe-uk.html
5. http://web.archive.org/web/20150406163414/http://m9.i.pbase.com/g4/91/59491/2/60301579.GORRR1.jpg

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


Images:

Photo of G-ORRR courtesy AirHistory.net


Kemble - Cotswold (EGBP / GBA)
19 June 2005; (c) Trevor Thornton

Revision history:

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23-Aug-2016 13:47 Dr.John Smith Added

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