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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 19037
Last updated: 14 February 2020
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Date:16-JUL-1983
Time:11:36
Type:Silhouette image of generic S61 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sikorsky S-61N-II
Owner/operator:British Airways Helicopters
Registration: G-BEON
C/n / msn: 61-770
Fatalities:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 26
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:in the sea 1½ nm NE of St Mary’s Aerodrome, Isles of Scilly -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Penzance (EGHK)
Destination airport:St Mary's, Isles of Scilly (EGHE)
Narrative:
VFR flight. Commander was PF. On approach gradually descended from the intended height of 250ft and flew into a calm sea at between 80 and 100 knots in degraded visibility, 1½ nm NE of St Mary’s Aerodrome, Isles of Scilly

One crew and 19 passenger fatalities. The six survivors were not able to escape with / don lifejackets but used suitcases as floatation aids. They were picked up by an RNLI lifeboats. No ELT activated. RN SAR helicopters were not equipped to search for civil ELT transmissions.

Eight recommendations made. De-registered by the CAA on 4/3/1986 as aircraft "destroyed"

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/5422fd7640f0b613460009b9/Special_Bulletin_Sikorsky_S-61N__G-BEON_08-83.pdf
2. CAA: http://www.caa.co.uk/aircraft-registration/
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983_British_Airways_Sikorsky_S-61_crash
4. http://aerossurance.com/helicopters/commanders-flying-monitoring/
5. https://www.helis.com/database/cn/23845/
6. https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/16-july-1983/_
7. https://www.pprune.org/rotorheads/235031-ba-s-61-g-beon.html


Images:

Photo of G-BEON courtesy AirHistory.net


Penzance - Heliport (EGHK) (closed)
; (c) David Unsworth

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
30-Dec-2009 10:07 TB Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Nov-2012 15:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Dec-2012 13:30 TB Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Dec-2012 13:47 TB Updated [Time, Destination airport]
22-Aug-2014 09:48 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
30-Oct-2015 04:44 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
20-Jan-2016 20:26 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Narrative]

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