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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 61569
Last updated: 29 October 2019
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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
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
Departure airport:London Gatwick Airport (LGW)
Destination airport:London/Gatwick Airport (LGW)
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.

Registration G-AKFA cancelled by the CAA on 5/8/55 as "damaged beyond repair"


1. World Directory of Airliner Crashes/Terry Denham

Revision history:

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]

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