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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153589
Last updated: 15 November 2021
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Time:11:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic MD60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas MD 600N
Owner/operator:Helidirect UK
Registration: G-THUG
MSN: RN026
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Peplow Hall, Woolstaston, Shropshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Shawbury, Shropshire (EGOS)
Destination airport:Peplow Hall, Woolstaston, Shopshire
Investigating agency: AAIB
Crash-landed 27 August 2000 when landed on sloping ground at a private landing pad at Peplow Hall, Woolstaston, Shropshire. A normal approach was made into wind and a stable hover over the landing area established, nose up the slope. The touchdown was made with the 'toes' of the skids first and the helicopter lowered fully onto its skids in a controlled and progressive manner. The pilot then prepared to close the throttle.

Whilst he could not remember the exact sequence of events it is probable that on moving the cyclic pitch control aft to the 'disk level' position, it was positioned too far aft and the helicopter rocked backwards. The pilot's instinctive forward movement of the control to counteract this was too great and the main rotor blades struck the ground in front, causing the helicopter to rotate and roll to the right. The helicopter came to rest on its right side.

The pilot switched off the fuel and electrical systems before evacuating the helicopter. The two passengers in the rear cabin exited through the left rear door and the pilot and front seat passenger through the broken front transparencies.

Registration G-THUG cancelled by the CAA on 22 November 2000 as "destroyed", although the remains were reconstructed for use as a movie prop; Stripped wreck in hangar of Eastern Atlantic Helicopters, Shoreham, moving to Dunsfold by 23 July 2012


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

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

Revision history:

27-Feb-2013 10:37 TB Added
19-May-2013 23:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
25-May-2013 22:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
15-Jul-2013 19:29 TB Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
10-Feb-2015 21:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
10-Feb-2015 21:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
10-Jul-2016 23:22 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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