ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 211652
Last updated: 15 September 2021
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Time:13:23 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B JetRanger III
Registration: G-OPEN
MSN: 4300
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Aldborough, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Husthwaite, near Easingwold, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:Walton Wood Airfield
Investigating agency: AAIB
The pilot was flying G-OPEN from Husthwaite to Walton Wood Airfield for its annual maintenance check. The weather conditions en route were challenging with low cloud and reduced visibility. The helicopter was seen by several witnesses to be flying normally before climbing steeply into cloud. It was then seen to emerge from the cloud, rotate through 540, then descend rapidly, striking the ground in an approximately level attitude. The helicopter became inverted and caught fire. The pilot was fatally injured.
The investigation did not find any evidence of pre-existing defects with the helicopter or its engine. It could not be determined why the helicopter entered cloud but it is probable that the pilot was distracted or became disorientated in the poor weather conditions. Having entered cloud it is likely that the pilot became spatially disorientated and was unable to maintain control of the helicopter.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 9 months
Download report: Final report



Photo of G-OPEN courtesy

Cosford (EGWC)
13 June 2010; (c) Trevor Thornton

Photo: AAIB

Revision history:

30-May-2018 14:01 gerard57 Added
30-May-2018 14:15 gerard57 Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative, Plane category]
30-May-2018 16:29 gerard57 Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
30-May-2018 17:13 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Phase, Source, Damage, Narrative]
30-May-2018 18:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Phase, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
30-May-2018 19:55 Anon. Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
31-May-2018 04:12 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative]
31-May-2018 08:26 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
31-May-2018 16:13 DAR Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source]
31-May-2018 16:14 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
31-May-2018 16:25 aviatoruk Updated [Aircraft type]
31-May-2018 17:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
31-May-2018 18:40 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code, Photo, ]
31-May-2018 20:56 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative]
18-Oct-2018 17:14 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
14-Mar-2019 17:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
14-Mar-2019 18:31 harro Updated [Time, Nature, Destination airport, Embed code, Narrative, Photo, Accident report, ]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description