Accident Westland Gazelle AH1 ZA727, 07 Oct 1986
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 59977
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Type:Silhouette image of generic GAZL model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Westland Gazelle AH1
Owner/operator:British Army Air Corps (AAC)
Registration: ZA727
MSN: 1796
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Coppenbrügge -   Germany
Phase: En route
Departure airport:AAC Hildesheim
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
During bad weather and flying at night east of Hameln the navigator mistakenly directed the pilot (Clive O'Hare, 29) to turn right thinking it was into a valley. The Gazelle flew straight into the side of a wooded hill, killing the pilot instantly. The navigator survived with numerous injuries.
They had taken off from Hildesheim as part of 661 Squadron's night flying exercises. I was a REME A/E mechanic on duty that night.


Flight International 1 November 1986
Hamburger Abendblatt 9.10.1986, p28
Tiefflug/Olaf Achilles

Revision history:

13-May-2009 10:27 harro Added
22-May-2009 10:57 harro Updated
10-May-2010 20:56 Andy James Updated [Phase, Narrative]
07-Sep-2011 08:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
16-Feb-2012 01:45 Nepa Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
16-Mar-2013 20:05 TB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
05-Apr-2013 15:50 TB Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
24-Apr-2013 19:31 TB Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
11-Oct-2021 19:26 DWibble Updated [Location]

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