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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 59977
Last updated: 15 November 2019
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Date:07-OCT-1986
Time:night
Type:Silhouette image of generic GAZL model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Westland Gazelle AH1
Owner/operator:British Army Air Corps (AAC)
Registration: ZA727
C/n / msn: 1796
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Cobbenbrügge -   Germany
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:AAC Hildesheim
Destination airport:
Narrative:
During bad weather and flying at night east of Hameln the navigator mistakenly directed the pilot (Clive O'Hare, 29) to turn right thinking it was into a valley. The Gazelle flew straight into the side of a wooded hill, killing the pilot instantly. The navigator survived with numerous injuries.
They had taken off from Hildesheim as part of 661 Squadron's night flying exercises. I was a REME A/E mechanic on duty that night.

Sources:

Flight International 1 November 1986
http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1986.htm
Hamburger Abendblatt 9.10.1986, p28
Tiefflug/Olaf Achilles


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-May-2009 10:27 harro Added
22-May-2009 10:57 harro Updated
10-May-2010 20:56 Andy James Updated [Phase, Narrative]
07-Sep-2011 08:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
16-Feb-2012 01:45 Nepa Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
16-Mar-2013 20:05 TB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
05-Apr-2013 15:50 TB Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
24-Apr-2013 19:31 TB Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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