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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45147
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Date:19-JUL-2003
Time:08:50 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hughes 369HS
Owner/operator:Biggin Hill Helicopters (owner)
Registration: G-CSPJ
C/n / msn: 550745S
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:near Cudham Lane South, Knockholt, Sevenoaks, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Biggin Hill Airport, Kent (BQH/EGKB)
Destination airport:Biggin Hill Airport, Kent (BQH/EGKB)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
Written off (destroyed) 19-07-2003 when crashed near near Cudham Lane South, Knockholt, Sevenoaks, Kent, shortly after take off from Biggin Hill. All three persons on board (pilot and two passengers) were killed. A contemporary BBC report (see link #5) named the three person on board as "Mark Price, 39, his wife Jean, 33, and baby Samuel, aged 14 months, from Chessington, Surrey". According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

The helicopter was seen to depart normally in good weather conditions. Shortly after takeoff, as the pilot acknowledged a frequency change instruction, the helicopter was seen to enter a descending left turn from which it did not recover.

Eye witnesses reported seeing the helicopter 'fishtailing' and emitting unusual noises, cyclical in nature, which they thought consistent with changes in engine power. The pilot made one more RTF transmission just before ground impact but this message did not declare the nature of any problem.

The machine struck the ground in a 30 nose-down pitch attitude at about 80 kt forward speed, severely disrupting the structure and imparting fatal injuries to the family on board. There was no evidence of any pre-impact technical failure and the engine was running at impact. The reasons for the accident could not be determined.

However, information recovered from a Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) or Flight Data Recorder (FDR) could have enabled the investigators to determine the likely cause but there was no requirement for either on this rented public transport category helicopter and none was fitted. Two safety recommendations were made concerning the installation of new technology cockpit voice recorders to all public transport category aircraft."

Nature of Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Aircraft destroyed". As a result, the registration G-CSPJ was cancelled by the CAA on 28-01-2004 as "Destroyed".

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5422f40840f0b61346000517/G-CSPJ.pdf
2. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/rk=CSPJ
3. NTSB Identification: WAS03WA017 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief2.aspx?_ev_id=20030909X01486&ntsbno=WAS03WA017&akey=1
4. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/3079975.stm
5. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/4169005.stm
6. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/4395601.stm
7. http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent/news/victims-of-helicopter-crash-name-a9325/
8. http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/grief-for-victims-of-copter-crash-1-2523538
9. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/three-die-in-helicopter-crash-6983967.html

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
04-Nov-2012 15:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Dec-2014 19:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Dec-2014 19:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
25-Oct-2015 13:55 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
27-Jul-2016 16:24 Dr.John Smith Updated [Cn, Source, Narrative]

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