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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 139622
Last updated: 27 November 2021
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Time:16:30 LT
Type:Westland Scout AH.1
Owner/operator:Raffia Enterprises Ltd
Registration: G-BXRL
MSN: F9636
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tarmac Quarry, Hearts Hill, Nuneaton, Warwickshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Baxterly, near Tamworth, Staffordshire
Destination airport:Bulkington, Warwickshire
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off (destroyed) 16-10-1999 when crashed into a pool in a quarry at Bulkington, Warwickshire, following suspected engine failure. Helicopter overturned and sank into the waters. Minor injuries sustained by the three persons on board. According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"At about 16:00 hours on the day of the accident, the pilot arrived at Baxterly, near Tamworth, Staffordshire, where he completed a pre-flight inspection of his helicopter. He noted there was about 800 lb, (3/4 fuel) on board. He intended to fly from Baxterly to Bulkington, Warwickshire but flew for about 15 minutes in the local area before returning to Baxterley prior to the flight to Bulkington. The pilot knew he would need help to put the helicopter into a hangar at Bulkington, and so two friends, one of whom was a part owner of the helicopter, accompanied him on the flight.

After taking off the pilot routed along the A5 road, skirting Nuneaton to the north and he arrived over the airstrip after about 15 minutes. The hangar was blocked by a World War II tank, which was the property of the hangar owner. It had run out of fuel and since use of the hangar was not possible the pilot decided to return to Baxterley. In the cruise at about 90 knots, while passing abeam Mancetter at 1,500 feet, the helicopter shuddered and yawed left.

The pilot lowered the collective pitch lever to enter auto-rotation, and heard an audio warning. In front of, and below him, there was a fun fair and some houses, and so the pilot turned right and descended over a quarry, the base of which was flooded. The pilot noticed the cross hatched 'zero power' (torque) warning on the instrument panel. Approaching the surface, he 'flared' late and the helicopter impacted the water hard, before coming to rest inverted"

Aircraft was ex-Army Scout AH.1 XT630: civil registration G-BXRL officially cancelled by Civil Aviation Authority 20 March 2000 as "destroyed" (although the wreckage was recovered to Bruntingthorpe Airfield for static display, where it still exists - see link #4, #5 and #6 below)


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

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


Westland Scout AH.1 XT630 (G-BXRL) Seen during the 2012 Cold War Jets Day, Bruntingthorpe, 6-5-2012: Westland Scout AH1 XT630 (G-BXRL) (7178743890)

Revision history:

03-Nov-2011 00:03 Dr. John Smith Added
24-Nov-2012 14:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
25-May-2013 01:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
05-Jul-2016 21:38 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code]
05-Jul-2016 21:38 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
05-Jul-2016 21:45 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
05-Jul-2016 21:47 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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