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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 189828
Last updated: 29 August 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic R22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R-22 Beta
Owner/operator:Heliflight (UK) Ltd
Registration: G-OSMS
MSN: 1528
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Halfpenny Green Airport, Bobbington, Stourbridge, Staffordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Taxi
Departure airport:Halfpenny Green, Bobbington, Stourbridge (EGBO)
Destination airport:Halfpenny Green, Bobbington, Stourbridge (EGBO)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 15-01-2007 when crashed at Halfpenny Green Airport, Bobbington, Stourbridge, Staffordshire: Left skid contacted ground during hover turn and a/c rolled onto left side. Substantial damage. Minor injury to the pilot - the sole person on board. According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The student had completed a short dual flight with his instructor and then refuelled the helicopter before commencing a solo flight. He had been briefed for a flight in the local area before returning to the threshold of Runway 10 where he was to carry out some takeoffs and landings before hover taxiing to the parking area.

The weather was good with a surface wind varying in direction between 170 and 200 and in speed between 8 and 15 knots. The departure and subsequent flying in the local area was uneventful and the student then made an approach to the grass area beside Runway 16 before hover taxiing to the threshold of Runway 10. Once there, he made three takeoffs and landings, all on a heading of approximately 180 degrees. Then, in preparation for his return to the parking area, he lifted off again and initiated a clearing turn to the left.

He estimated that he was at a height of about 5 to 10 feet in the turn when he suddenly realised that the helicopter was left skid low. Almost immediately the skid struck the ground and the helicopter rolled to the left onto the ground. The engine stopped and the pilot had some trouble releasing his harness because he was almost upside down. However, he was able to undo it and crawl clear of the helicopter through the broken windscreen"

Nature of Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Substantial" damage. The damage was presumably later deemed to be "beyond economic repair", as the registration G-OSMS was cancelled by the CAA on 09-01-2008 (one year later) as "Destroyed".


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

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


R22 Beta c/n 1528 G-OSMS seen here when in use with Heliflight during 2003 Wolverhampton Halfpenny Green Airport Photos: Resident Helicopters &emdash; G-OSMS Robinson R22 Beta c/n 1528

Revision history:

05-Sep-2016 12:11 Dr.John Smith Added
05-Sep-2016 12:12 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
05-Sep-2016 12:13 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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