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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 61569
Last updated: 28 August 2020
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Date:04-JAN-1955
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic B47G model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 47G (Bell 47B-3)
Owner/operator:BEA Helicopters Ltd
Registration: G-AKFA
C/n / msn: 69
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:London-Gatwick Airport, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Test
Departure airport:London Gatwick Airport (LGW)
Destination airport:London/Gatwick Airport (LGW)
Narrative:
Bell 47B-3 G-AKFA: First registered (C of R 118641/1) on 11/9/47 to British European Airways Ltd (BEA), Ruislip, Middlesex. Written off (damaged beyond repair) 4/1/55 when blown over by high winds on landing. The helicopter was running blade icing tests and crashed from 40 feet. The pilot was First Officer C S Hagues, the other occupant Engineer Observer W B Petrie. [Britain was in the grip of snowstorms on this day.] See: The Times, Wed 5/1/1955. Another (very similar) report appeared in the "Birmingham Daily Post" - Wednesday 05 January 1955:

"Helicopter Damaged During Research
A B.E.A. helicopter engaged on blade-icing research in a snowstorm at Gatwick Airport yesterday suddenly dropped to the ground from a height of 40ft., at which it had been hovering. The undercarriage and rotor blades were badly damaged, but the crew of two — the pilot, First Officer C. N. Hague and Engineer Observer W. B. Petrie—escaped unhurt.

Registration G-AKFA cancelled by the CAA on 5/9/55 as "damaged beyond repair"

Sources:

1. http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=16092.0
2. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AKFA.pdf
3. https://ab-ix.co.uk/pdfs/beafleetlist.pdf
4. http://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1953/1953%20-%200130.pdf
5. http://www.rotorspot.nl/historic/g-1.php
6. http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=16091.0
7. https://www.pprune.org/aviation-history-nostalgia/234448-ba-helicopters.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
17-Aug-2010 15:47 TB Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
04-Nov-2013 20:09 eagleman Updated [Narrative]
28-Jan-2014 19:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Jun-2014 09:10 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Source, Narrative]
05-Jun-2014 18:15 TB Updated [Source]
22-Feb-2020 00:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative]
22-Feb-2020 00:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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