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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 168768
Last updated: 17 September 2021
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Time:12:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic BSTP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 214ST
Owner/operator:British Caledonian Helicopters
Registration: G-BKFN
MSN: 28109
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 16
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:North Sea, 14 mi NE of Fraserburgh -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Sumburgh, Shetland (LSI/EGPB)
Destination airport:Aberdeen (ABZ/EGPD)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Ditched 15/1/1986 into the North Sea, 14 miles North East of Frazerburgh, due to the fatigue failure of a collective control locking plate. Aircraft recovered and refurbished.

There was difficulty deploying the liferafts, the right hand cockpit door would not jettison and the forward floats suffered the deflation of one compartment on each side (one due to damage by a frangible GRP fairing the other for reasons undetermined).

The AAIB made 4 safety recommendations, including one on demonstrating ditching, life raft deployment and evacuation that was rejected by the CAA.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

14 Aug 1985 G-BKFN British Caledonian Helicopters 0 Near Balmedie, Aberdeenshire min
24 Dec 1990 G-BKFN Bristow Helicopters 0 near Cormorant A platform, North Sea sub
7 Jun 2021 C-GDYZ Helicopter Transport Services 0 14 nm NE of Nipigon, ON sub


Photo of G-BKFN courtesy

Aberdeen - Dyce (EGPD / ABZ)
19 April 2003; (c) David Unsworth

Revision history:

15-Aug-2014 19:18 Aerossurance Added
15-Aug-2014 19:34 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
25-Aug-2014 14:10 TB Updated [Location]
29-Oct-2014 22:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
29-Oct-2014 22:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
24-May-2016 10:39 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]

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