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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 217123
Last updated: 16 April 2019
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Date:02-NOV-2018
Time:14:58 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44 Raven
Owner/operator:HQ Aviation Ltd
Registration: G-FLYX
C/n / msn: 11669
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Denham Aerodrome, Buckinghamshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Denham Airport (EGLD)
Destination airport:Denham Airport (EGLD)
Narrative:
A student pilot, who was training towards his PPL(H), was practising his takeoff and landing techniques with an instructor. The instructor stated that after completing several takeoffs and landings to a good standard, the student repositioned the helicopter to the beginning of grass runway 12 and landed across the white arrow marking the start of the runway.

The instructor stated that this landing was a bit rushed, especially considering the uneven nature of the surface, and the student immediately began to lift off to attempt the landing again. However, as the helicopter lifted, it began to rotate to the right which the instructor attempted to counter with the application of left pedal and by lowering the collective. The helicopter then rolled to the left and the front of the left skid contacted the ground before breaking off. The helicopter continued to roll further to the left, with the rotor blades striking the ground, before coming to rest on its left side with the engine still running.

The student vacated the aircraft using the right door and assisted the instructor out of the helicopter after the instructor had first shut down the engine. Both occupants sustained minor cuts from the broken windscreen.

The instructor stated that he had previously emphasised to the student the need for a gentle two-stage lift into a hover and that he may have been “lulled into a false sense of security” by the student’s good performance at the beginning of the lesson.

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report, the damage to the R44 was "substantial"

Sources:

1. AAIB Report: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5c111744e5274a0bd964df19/Robinson_R44_Raven_II_G-FLYX_01-19.pdf
2. https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/740249/denham-aerodrome-helicopter-crash-buckinghamshire-latest
3. https://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/17198220.denham-air-crash-two-injured-after-helicopter-nosedives-at-aerodrome/?ref=nab
4. https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1040058/buckinghamshire-helicopter-crash-denham-aerodrome-pilot-hospital
5. https://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/denham-helicopter-crash-two-people-15366557
6. https://www.pprune.org/rotorheads/615005-r44-down-denham-02-nov-2018-a.html
7. https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/740249/denham-aerodrome-helicopter-crash-buckinghamshire-latest
8. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/


Images:

Photo of G-FLYX courtesy AirHistory.net


Northampton - Sywell (EGBK / ORM)
29 May 2015; (c) Mick Bajcar

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Nov-2018 17:32 gerard57 Added
02-Nov-2018 18:11 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
02-Nov-2018 18:13 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
02-Nov-2018 21:44 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
02-Nov-2018 21:45 Dr.John Smith Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
03-Nov-2018 10:22 Aerossurance Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
03-Nov-2018 14:11 Leasclose Updated [Registration, Cn, Source]
10-Jan-2019 20:19 harro Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Accident report, ]
10-Jan-2019 22:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
10-Jan-2019 22:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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