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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58501
Last updated: 25 November 2019
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Date:17-JAN-2003
Time:15:36 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B JetRanger
Owner/operator:Biggin Hill Helicopters
Registration: G-BTFY
C/n / msn: 1714
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Horns Green, Cudham, 2.2 miles SE of Biggin Hill, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Biggin Hill, Kent (BQH/EGKB)
Destination airport:Southend, Essex (SEN/EGMC)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
Written of (damaged beyond repair) 17-01-2003 when crashed at Horns Green, Cudham, 2.2 miles South East of Biggin Hill, Kent. Both person on board (pilot and one passenger) were killed. According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The pilot, a part-time flying instructor, planned to collect the helicopter from Biggin Hill Airport, Kent and fly it to Southend, Essex. The weather for the departure from Biggin Hill was generally poor with low cloud and reduced visibility in rain. The pilot's stated intention was to depart to the north-east, but after initially departing on an easterly track the helicopter turned toward the south.

Witnesses in an area about one and a half miles east-south-east of Biggin Hill saw the helicopter disappear from view into cloud and later reappear in a steep descent and strike the ground. Both occupants were killed on impact. An engineering examination of the helicopter revealed no defects that could have caused the accident. The investigation concluded that the accident was probably a result of the pilot's spatial disorientation brought on by inadvertent entry into cloud.

The aircraft crashed approximately 2.2 nautical miles south-east of the centre of Biggin Hill Airport. It struck the ground in the back garden of a house near Horns Green south of Cudham at a point where the ground level was approximately 680 feet above mean sea level (amsl).

The main wreckage included the engine, main transmission, the tail (in three pieces), the instrument panel and other remnants of the cockpit. The engine and main transmission lay inverted with the tail alongside, also inverted. This main wreckage had caught fire and the fire had burnt most of the fuselage structure. All major aircraft components were accounted for and there was no evidence to suggest any pre-impact separations."

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Helicopter destroyed". Aircraft presumably written off (damaged beyond repair) as the registration G-BTFY was cancelled by the CAA on 09-07-2003

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5422fdebe5274a131400090d/dft_avsafety_pdf_026161.pdf
2. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/rk=BTFY
3. http://www.bellhelicopter.com/en/support/flightsafety/pdf/destroyed.pdf
4. https://www.pprune.org/rotorheads/78496-jet-ranger-crash-biggin-2-dead.html
5. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2669935.stm
6. http://www.griffin-helicopters.co.uk/accidentdetails.aspx?accidentkey=17
7. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/1419132/Two-dead-in-helicopter-crash.html
8. http://www.bromleytimes.co.uk/news/biggin_hill_a_tragic_history_1_581156

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Jan-2009 11:28 harro Added
23-Nov-2012 17:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Dec-2014 00:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
24-Jul-2016 16:05 Dr.John Smith Updated [Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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