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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2004 11:21 pm    Post subject: R22 crash Wellesbourne Reply with quote

As I mentioned to Whirlygirl earlier, I flew in to Wellesbourne today for refuelling a Jet Ranger. Just as we were about to depart, an R22 (G-TGRR) departed just before us. I commented that it must be from Tiger Helicopters. The weather was not good and closing in.

That was his last journey.Sad

My thoughts are with his family and friends.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2004 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh Christ!

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2004 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Man killed in helicopter accident
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A man has died in a helicopter crash near Stratford-on-Avon.
Warwickshire Police say the two-person helicopter was seen dropping rapidly before crashing into a field by the A3400 near the town of Bearley.

Air ambulance and the police were called to the scene on Thursday afternoon. The victim was the only person on board.

Relatives of the victim, who is not thought to be from the area, are being informed.

Police believe the helicopter was making a journey between Herefordshire and Wellesbourne in Stratford-on-Avon.

Air accident investigators are trying to establish the cause of the crash.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2004 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A very sad day - horrible news. Crying or Very sad

Rest in peace, condolences to the family and friends of the pilot.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2004 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very sad.

As a pilot of R22s, this kind of news about the type is always very sobering.

My thoughts with the friends and family.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2004 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very sad to hear of the accident, condolances to the family and friends.

Danger lurks around every corner waiting to kick you when you least suspect it. Sad Sad

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2004 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This report from the Birmingham Post

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Inquiry after man dies in helicopter crash Nov 12 2004

An investigation was underway last night after a man died when a helicopter crashed into a field in Warwickshire.

The man had been flying the two-seater aircraft to Herefordshire from Wellesbourne Airfield when it plummeted into the field near Wilmcote, Stratford-upon-Avon, at about 3.35pm yesterday.

A couple walking their dog witnessed the accident and said the helicopter dropped to the ground rapidly in a field at Cadle Pool Farm, near the A46 at Wild Moor, one mile south of Stratford.

An air ambulance and paramedics were called to the scene but the pilot, who has not been identified but is believed to come from outside the Midlands, was pronounced dead at the accident site.

A spokeswoman for Warwickshire Police said: "This is a tragic incident which has resulted in the death of the pilot.

"Nearby is the start of the outskirts of Stratford and the busy A46 dual carriageway and had this happened a short distance from where it did, there could have been more casualties.

Also, the Cadle Pool Farm mixed industrial site employs many people and again this incident could have been even worse if the helicopter had come down nearer this site."

Brian McDermid, an accident investigator from the Air Accident Investigation Branch, attended the scene from his base at Farnborough.

He said: "We will begin a field investigation after we have met with all the emergency services early on Friday morning.

"We are keeping an open mind and we are not here to solve this incident at the scene. We will publish a report which could be released in six months time, or even as long as two years time, depending on the specifics of this case."

A Department for Transport spokesman said officials would question any witnesses to the crash and look at the mechanics of the plane to establish how it may have occurred.

Simon Ellershaw, area manager for Warwickshire Fire Service, said: "There were a few witnesses. There was a couple walking their dog who were very close when the helicopter came down. There were also a couple of men working at a local farm industrial unit who may have witnessed it."


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2004 12:47 am    Post subject: Very very sad news indeed.... :( Reply with quote

I am deeply saddened by this news. It is an obviously very unfortunate incident and my deepest sympathies go out to the family of the lost pilot.

Very sad indeed. Crying or Very sad

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2004 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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More details have been released about a pilot who died in a helicopter accident near Stratford-Upon-Avon.
The 57-year-old man from Berkshire was killed when the two-person helicopter came down on Thursday afternoon in a field by the A3400, near Wilmcote.

The pilot, who was flying from Wellsbourne to Herefordshire, was declared dead at the scene.

The investigation into the accident is being carried out by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

Formal identification of the man has yet to be carried out.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2005 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AAIB report published here

Whirlygirl Worth moving the thread to Safety, Accidents and Incidents?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2005 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My condolences also, it's very sad to see things like this.

Even though we still don't know the cause, I've learned my lesson from inadvertantly entering IMC.

Never play with the weather....it's a lot bigger than you, and is not sympathetic!

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2005 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The AAIB do not suggest that the cause of this accident was "inadvertant IMC"; far from it.

Causes of accidents are more often than not, chains of events. The weather played a part here, in that it meant that the flight was conducted "differently".

The AAIB established that the engine was not running at impact. Their suggested cause for this was severe build up of carburettor ice.

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The student pilot was attempting to follow his instructor???s aircraft in loose formation, despite having received no training in this demanding task. The student was, nevertheless, flying solo in weather conditions which, the available evidence indicates, were below the training organisation???s minima. In the absence of sufficient carburettor heat, the helicopter probably encountered a severe build up of carburettor ice which either significantly reduced the available power or caused the engine to stop. The student probably acted in accordance with his training, but, faced with the added stress of having to follow another aircraft in reducing visibility, did not react quickly enough to prevent a critical reduction in rotor rpm. Consequently the main rotor stalled, causing the helicopter to fall to the ground with no possibility of recovery.


With the autumn and winter months approaching, this report serves as a very timely reminder of the catastrophic dangers of neglecting carb heat.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2005 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you read my message properly, I didn't suggest for one minute that it was IIMC.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After reading the AAIB's report it's obvious the weather on route was way below the limits of a student pilot. Why the instructor allowed the student to carry on flying solo is beyond me.

What the instructor should have done was fly back with the student dual in the same aircraft or arranged another instructor to fly back dual with him or tell him to catch a taxi or train etc.

The actions of the instructor were reckless and stupid.
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