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R44 Crash, Swansea 8th May
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2005 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a good day ... another BBC Report here, this time an R44 crash at Swansea:

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A helicopter has crash-landed at Swansea Airport, and the pilot and two passengers taken to hospital.

Mid and West Wales Fire Service said the privately-owned Robinson R44 came down as it was preparing to land.

An airport spokesman said the accident happened at about 1320BST. No other aircraft was involved and paramedics and fire crews were quickly on hand.

The airport said the three people were taken to hospital with minor injuries as a precaution.

An inquiry has been launched by the Air Accident Investigation Board.


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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2005 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anybody know what type the Gloucester one was? There is a picture of the R44 crash here:



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2005 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AAIB report published into the R44 crash at Swansea here

AAIB summise the cause was a loss of tail rotor effectiveness:
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The helicopter was hover taxiing in a light quartering tailwind. Such conditions make a loss of tail rotor effectiveness more likely. Having initiated a right turn, the pilot did not maintain positive control of the aircraft, and an uncommanded yaw developed which could not be brought under control before the helicopter hit the ground.



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In the UK there has been little emphasis on the phenomenon, but most of the factors that can lead to LTE should be known by most UK helicopter pilots. However, the relationship of the various factors to the performance capability of Part 27 helicopters is probably less widely known. The pilot involved in this accident had been trained to cope with tail rotor failures, but he had not received training nor was he aware of the LTE phenomenon.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2005 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is this the R44 which was in the salvage in another thread?

"Rolled gently over from the hover" was the description I recall of its terminal journey..

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2005 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Foxy, G-SYTN was the R44 in question here. Do you know the registration of the "gentle rollover" one?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2005 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup - G-SYTN

MUCH trawling and I found the link to apple salvage and here is the tell-tale pic. Tis sold too.

http://www.applesalvage.com/aircraft/big/robinson.jpg

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