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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65061
Last updated: 31 August 2019
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Date:11-JUN-1982
Time:
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: XW896
C/n / msn: 1177
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Suffield, AB -   Canada
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Flew into terrain on BATUS training area and caught fire.
It is believed that the accident occurred when the pilot thought he was aiming for the crest of one hill, but due to a low setting sun and the 'flat' (i.e. featureless) undulating nature of the ground, he didn't see a closer hill.
It is believed that the pilot took avoiding action, insofar as 'pulling' maximum collective pitch, pitched the nose up and applied right bank, but too late.
The helicopter was believe to be traveling at approximately 116 knots at time of impact (calculated taking in rotor strike witness marks, pitch setting witness marks on the remains of the collective quadrant, altitude and met conditions)
I was the aircrewman (Observer) in this accident, although I was seated in the rear left seat for this 'none tactical transit'. The passenger, a Padre, was the fatality in this accident having been hit by the aircraft battery, he had been occupying the front left hand seat.
Myself and the pilot received multiple injuries, both spending many months in Hospital and rehab.

Sources:

http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1982.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Sep-2011 04:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]
18-Jul-2012 22:00 Gavin Rose Updated [Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
19-Jul-2012 01:48 Gavin Rose Updated [Narrative]
13-Mar-2013 15:48 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]

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