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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 70829
Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Date:04-APR-1973
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic S61 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sikorsky S-61N
Owner/operator:Bristow Helicopters
Registration: G-AZNE
MSN: 61-467
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Glomar Oil Rig, North Sea -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Offshore
Departure airport:Aberdeen Airport (ABZ/EGPD)
Destination airport:Glomar Oil Rig, North Sea
Narrative:
Ditched and sank in rough seas, after went out of control after heavy landing on the deck of a drill ship. Glomar North Sea. The ship was rolling in rough sea conditions, and on approach, the tail wheel of the aircraft struck the safety nets of the landing deck. The aircraft pitched forward and hit the deck, resulting in the rotor blades drooping down at the front of the aircraft and striking the top of the cockpit. This resulted in damage to the mechanical engine controls and circuit breaker panels in the cockpit overhead. As a result, the pilot was unable to shut down the engines. Co-pilot and passengers were evacuated, and the pilot lifted the aircraft off the ship and landed it on the sea. He was able to evacuate and swim away safely. The aircraft remained afloat with engines and rotor running for approximately two hours until fuel ran out. It then rolled over and sank.

Sources:

Alan Whitfield - shift engineer on duty with BHL at the time of the incident.


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-Dec-2009 09:59 TB Added
30-Dec-2009 11:55 TB Updated [Narrative]
05-Sep-2011 00:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source]
01-Sep-2012 21:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Sep-2012 21:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2012 10:52 TB Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2012 11:07 TB Updated [Source, Narrative]
16-Aug-2013 15:44 seadog Updated [Source, Narrative]

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