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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 70843
Last updated: 14 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic S61 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sikorsky S-61N-II
Owner/operator:Bristow Helicopters Ltd
Registration: G-BDII
MSN: 61-750
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:NNE of Handa Island, Argyll & Sutherland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Stornoway (SYY/EGPO)
Destination airport:Stornoway (SYY/EGPO)
Investigating agency: AAIB
The accident occurred during a Search and Rescue (SAR) mission, centred off the northwest coast of Scotland. The HM Coastguard duty SAR crew were called out from their base at Stornoway to rescue two occupants of a small fishing boat, which had capsized somewhere in the area of Handa island. Towards the end of the search, whilst performing a hover manoeuvre, a crew member commented that the helicopter was travelling backwards very fast.

The commanderís attempted recovery from this manoeuvre resulted in the aircraft striking the sea and immediately rolling over. All four crew members eventually boarded the liferaft and were later rescued by a Sea King from RAF Lossiemouth which returned them to Stornoway.


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

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

Revision history:

31-Dec-2009 00:06 TB Added
11-Nov-2012 11:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
22-Dec-2012 13:42 TB Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
22-Dec-2012 13:43 TB Updated [Time]
28-May-2013 02:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code]
12-Jun-2013 16:32 TB Updated [Source, Narrative]
20-Jan-2016 21:03 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Jan-2016 14:43 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
17-Mar-2017 17:34 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Narrative]
03-Aug-2019 09:34 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]

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