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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 30303
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Date:04-JAN-2002
Time:15:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Agusta-Bell AB 206B JetRanger II
Owner/operator:Fleet Coast Helicopters
Registration: G-OFCH
C/n / msn: 8337
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Morn Farm, near Weymouth, Dorset -   United Kingdom
Phase: Taxi
Nature:Private
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
The Bell 206 rolled onto its side during a low-level hover, sustaining substantial damage. Minor injury to pilot (sole person on board). According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The pilot was re-positioning the helicopter on the landing pad and was in a hover at just 2 feet above the ground when the helicopter suddenly rolled to the right causing the main rotor to strike the ground. The rotor blades and the engine stopped immediately and, with the helicopter lying on its right side, the pilot was able to evacuate the cockpit through the area of the front windscreen.

The pilot estimated that at the time of the accident there was a surface wind of approximately 8 knots from his left. He could not make an assessment as to the cause of the accident."

G-OFCH was then rebuilt with the Jet Ranger 3 fuselage of N206HE which had also been wrecked in an accident. On September 30, 2002 the "composite" helicopter made its new certification with the FAA in the US, and has been operated since then as Jet Ranger III s/no 2880, registered N206HE. Which may explain why the UK registration G-OFCH was only belatedly cancelled by the CAA on 13 December 2011 - over nine years after its accident.

Sources:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5422f520e5274a1314000525/dft_avsafety_pdf_501517.pdf
Air International May 2002, p273

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
15-Feb-2015 20:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
23-Aug-2015 22:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
19-Jul-2016 16:07 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
19-Jul-2016 16:08 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Narrative]
13-Oct-2018 15:41 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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