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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 253809
Last updated: 16 July 2021
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Date:22-APR-2021
Time:c. 13:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic A109 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
AgustaWestland AW109SP GrandNew
Owner/operator:Sloane Helicopters opf DL&RAA
Registration: G-TAAS
MSN: 22305
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:near Carsington Water, Peak District, Derbyshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Ambulance
Departure airport:East Midlands Airport (EMA/EGNX)
Destination airport:East Midlands Airport (EMA/EGNX)
Narrative:
An AgustaWestand AW109SP GrandNew ambulance helicopter operated for Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance sustained a smashed windscreen after a bird strike. The pilot made a safe emergency landing. According to a statement/press release from the Air Ambulance (see link #6):

"BIRD STRIKE FORCES EMERGENCY LANDING
22 • 04 • 2021 / by Camilla
The crew of the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance were forced to make a controlled, emergency landing after the helicopter suffered a bird strike after attending a mission.

The helicopter, an AgustaWestland 109, was returning from a mission to its airbase at East Midlands Airport when it was forced to make the controlled landing in the Peak District close to Carsington Water at around 1.30pm on Thursday 22 April.

A spokesman for the charity said: “One of our helicopters, registration G-TAAS, suffered a bird strike on Thursday forcing our crew to carry out an emergency landing following extensive damage to the cockpit window.

“All crew have emergency operating procedures for incidents, and these were followed methodically. The crew of the helicopter are very experienced and ensured the safe landing of the damaged aircraft.”

The crew are safe and well and the helicopter will now be assessed by engineers to determine its airworthiness before it returns to operational duties.

Bird strikes on helicopters are a very rare occurrence, and the charity would like to thank the landowner for their support during this time."

Sources:

1. https://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/bird-strike-forces-air-ambulance-to-make-emergency-landing-in-peak-district-3211346
2. https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/air-ambulance-forced-emergency-landing-5332239
3. https://ukemergencyaviation.co.uk/user/cimage/G-TAAS-001.jpg (photo)
4. https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/air-ambulance-forced-emergency-landing-5332447
5. https://www.matlockmercury.co.uk/news/bird-strike-forces-air-ambulance-to-make-emergency-landing-in-peak-district-3211346
6. https://theairambulanceservice.org.uk/bird-strike-forces-emergency-landing/
7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Air_Ambulance_Service#Aircraft

Media:

G-TAAS (Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance) in flight at Coventry Airport 3 July 2018: G-TAAS in Flight

Images:

Photo of G-TAAS courtesy AirHistory.net


In Flight
20 August 2020; (c) Shaun Connor

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-Apr-2021 08:55 gerard57 Added
23-Apr-2021 09:26 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Total occupants, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Apr-2021 14:08 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Embed code]
23-Apr-2021 14:54 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Embed code, Narrative]
23-Apr-2021 16:22 Aerossurance Updated [Location]
23-Apr-2021 23:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
24-Apr-2021 16:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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