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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 19036
Last updated: 25 November 2021
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Time:c. 00:20 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic S61 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sikorsky S-61N-II
Owner/operator:British European Airways (BEA) Helicopters Ltd
Registration: G-ASNM
MSN: 61-221
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, ca 52 nm NE of Aberdeen -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Aberdeen Airport, Dyce, Aberdeen (ABZ/EGPD)
Destination airport:Staflo Oil Rig, North Sea
Investigating agency: AIB
Ditched 15/11/1970; capsized and sank North Sea, ca 52 nautical miles north east of Aberdeen after loss of main gearbox oil lubrication and subsequent double engine failure. All three persons on board - named in the AAIB report as Captain David A.Creamer (pilot), Captain Keith E.N. Gregson (co-pilot) and one (un-named) passenger - were rescued by a passing ship, the m.v."Gripen", at 01:30am, after some two hours in the aircraft liferaft.

The S-61 sank at the location it was ditched and was not recovered; the registration G-ASNM was formally cancelled by the CAA on 15/11/1970 as "destroyed"


1. Aberdeen Press & Journal of 16 November 1970
2. AAIB:
3. CAA:

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


Sikorsky S-61N-II G-ASNM at Liverpool Airport, Speke, Liverpool 18 June 1964: G-ASNM Sikorsky S-61N BEA Helicopters LPL 18JUN64 (6782011650) Sikorsky S-61N-II G-ASNM at Lands End (St. Just) Cornwall in 1968: The Aviation Photo Company: Sikorsky S-61 &emdash; BEA Helicopters Sikorsky S-61N G-ASNM (1968)


Photo of G-ASNM courtesy

Penzance - Heliport (EGHK / PZE)
1 August 1966; (c) Alex Christie

Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
30-Dec-2009 08:22 TB Updated [Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Nature, Narrative]
30-Dec-2009 11:55 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location]
11-Aug-2012 10:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2012 10:32 TB Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2012 10:33 TB Updated [Source]
21-Dec-2012 10:33 TB Updated [[Source]]
21-Dec-2012 10:34 TB Updated [Operator]
09-Jun-2013 01:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
12-Jun-2013 15:57 TB Updated [Time, Location, Embed code]
18-Oct-2015 18:33 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
18-Oct-2015 18:35 Dr.John Smith Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
18-Oct-2015 18:36 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
02-Oct-2020 15:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Accident report]

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