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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 64765
Last updated: 27 November 2021
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Type:Westland Scout AH.1
Owner/operator:Advanced Rotary Wg Sqn AAC
Registration: XP899
MSN: F9500
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Winchester,Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:AAC Middle Wallop, Hampshire
Destination airport:
Damaged 1/11/1979 when the engine surged during a practice autorotation near Winchester, Hants., causing the aircraft to strike the ground heavily. The pilot was uninjured

The pilot who had recently qualified on the basic rotary course was practising solo auto rotations and had closed down the throttle. He forgot to wind on the throttle when he pulled the collective to regain power, and after continuing to try to regain power without "winding on the throttle" he crashed. The "skid" undercarriage broke away from the fuselage which eventually came to rest in a ploughed field. The investigation showed that the pilot was unable to scan and react to the information displayed by the instruments and was removed from Army flying. It became apparent that this was the reason he had been removed from the Royal Navy helicopter course from which he managed to transfer yo the Army course.

Later declared a write off (damaged beyond economic repair) and allocated to Ground Instructional Use at Abordfield (still in use as such in February 2013) Moved to Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, Old Sarum September 2015




Photo of XP899 courtesy

Old Sarum (EGLS) (closed)
14 September 2016; (c) Ian Howat

Revision history:

02-Nov-2011 15:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Jun-2013 17:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
22-Sep-2015 15:44 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
22-Sep-2016 06:25 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
29-Jan-2020 08:27 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Operator]
21-Feb-2020 14:57 Xindel XL Updated [Operator, Operator]

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