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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 223896
Last updated: 15 June 2019
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Date:27-OCT-2018
Time:13:44 UTC
Type:RAF 2000 GTX-SE
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-HEKK
C/n / msn: PFA G/13-1285
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Great Heck, near Selby, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Great Heck, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
RAF 2000 GTX-SE, G-HEKK was written off (damaged beyond economic repair) due to Loss of control on takeoff, Great Heck, near Selby, North Yorkshire, 27 October 2018. The official AAIB accident report was published on 11 April 2018, and the following is an excerpt from it...

"Prior to takeoff, the pilot assessed the wind direction from his windsock as from 290°. He took off from Great Heck’s grass strip in a southerly direction but, at 80 ft, after passing above a tree line, he encountered “unexpected severe turbulence and down draft”. This caused the aircraft to descend to approximately 40 ft, after which the pilot reported cutting engine power and lowering the nose. The effect of this was an immediate descent to the ground resulting in significant damage to the aircraft.

The pilot was wearing a full harness and suffered minor injuries. He stated that he was familiar with this airfield but had been startled by the unexpected turbulent conditions at 80 ft which may have explained his decision to lower the nose and reduce power.

The pilot held a PPL with a single-engine gyroplane rating. This rating had expired just over two weeks prior to the accident, on 11 October 2018. The pilot also stated that he believed his license revalidation was required in November, not October which was why it was not valid at the time of the accident. The licence was revalidated on 12 December 2018."

Nature of Damage sustained to airframe: Per the above AAIB report "Damage to landing gear, rotor blades, propeller and airframe". The damage was presumably severe enough as to warrant the aircraft as "beyond economic repair", as the registration G-HEKK was cancelled 26 November 2018 as "destroyed"

Sources:

1. AAIB Final Report: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5c8a76aded915d5c0c8846d8/RAF_2000_GTX-SE_G-HEKK_04-19.pdf
2. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/
3. https://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled/Rotary-Air-Force-RAF-2000-GTX-SE/3854035
4. http://gyroaccidents.blogspot.com/2016/06/gyrocopter-accidents.html (October 2018)
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Heck

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-Apr-2019 12:58 Dr. John Smith Added
12-Apr-2019 12:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
13-Apr-2019 16:19 harro Updated [Source, Accident report, ]

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