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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 212794
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Time:15:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic EXEC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
RotorWay Exec 90
Registration: G-BZES
MSN: 6191
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Fenland Airport, near Spalding, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Taxi
Departure airport:Fenland Airfield near Spalding, Lincolnshire (EGCL)
Destination airport:Fenland Airfield near Spalding, Lincolnshire (EGCL)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating:
Substantially damaged due to loss of control while inadvertently descending downwind, at Fenland Airfield, Lincolnshire, Holbeach St. Johnís, 6 nautical miles South East of Spalding, Lincolnshire on 1 July 2018. The official AAIB report into the accident was published on 8 November 2018, and the following is an extract from it:

"The pilot stated that he wished to refuel the helicopter which was stored at the eastern end of the hangars, within the roped-off area. The refuelling facility was to the north-west of the hangar complex. He arranged with an airfield steward to keep bystanders well away whilst he was starting up and preparing to lift.

In order to access the refuelling facility, the pilot found it necessary to fly to Holding Point ĎAí, to the west-south-west of the point of departure. He planned to remain there in the hover whilst he established movement information from the Air-Ground radio and confirmed that it was acceptable to fly over the northern end of Runway 18/36, not in use that day, but where aircraft were parked.

The wind was reported as being easterly, at 12 kt. The pilot lifted off and departed in an approximately easterly direction, before turning onto a southerly heading, remaining just outside the airfield boundary. He then turned onto an approximately westerly heading towards Holding Point ĎAí. Thus, he was initially travelling into-wind, before turning crosswind and then proceeding downwind. In subsequent discussion, he stated that he did not go to a great height.

The pilot also stated that, during the final leg, he forgot that he was now travelling downwind. As he descended towards Holding Point ĎAí, the helicopter initially handled correctly, but as he approached the ground it seemed to suddenly increase its descent rate, despite his efforts to prevent this. It struck the ground heavily with the rear skid, before pitching forward. The main skids and main rotor then struck the ground and the helicopter rolled over. The pilot, secured by a full harness, was not injured and was able to exit via the passenger door.

Inadvertent selection of a downwind approach created a high pilot workload and probably created conditions which required more engine power to arrest the descent than the helicopter could produce."

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report, the airframe sustained "extensive" damage


1. AAIB Final Report:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report



Photo of G-BZES courtesy

In Flight
7 May 2018; (c) Tom Cole

Revision history:

02-Jul-2018 09:55 Iceman 29 Added
02-Jul-2018 10:31 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
02-Jul-2018 14:27 Geno Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
02-Jul-2018 18:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
03-Jul-2018 09:40 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
09-Nov-2018 13:42 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]
12-Nov-2018 21:52 Dr.John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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