Bristow Helicopters Sikorsky S-76A crash

December 3, 2013 - 3:01pm

A Eurocopter EC135T2i light twin helicopter, operated by Bond Air Services for Police Scotland, crashed into a busy pub in Glasgow on Friday night, killing nine and injuring more than 30. Among the nine fatalities are the helicopter’s three occupants–a Bond pilot and two police officers.

The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is investigating, along with Eurocopter engineers. Eurocopter asserted that since the four main rotor blades are still attached to the main rotor mast, a crack in the mast is unlikely to have caused the accident.

March 30, 2009 - 6:32am

The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) issued four safety recommendation as a result of the Sept. 15, 2007 fatal crash of a Eurocopter AS 350B2 Squirrel in Lanark, Scotland. The accident killed all four aboard–the pilot (world champion rally car driver Colin McRae), his young son, a friend of the son and an adult friend of the family.

July 30, 2008 - 7:17am

Sikorsky S-76, Grand Rapids, Mich., May 29, 2008–The Aero Med Spectrum Health S-76 was taking off from the helipad on the roof of the Spectrum Health Hospital when the tail rotor struck a radio tower; the helicopter crashed
on the roof and was destroyed by fire. No one was injured.

May 6, 2008 - 9:02am

Investigators are continuing to look into the July 16 North Sea crash of a Sikorsky S-76A+ operated by Bristow Helicopters. The accident claimed the lives of all 11 on board the rotorcraft, which was preparing to land at Shell UK’s Santa Fe Monarch drilling rig in the Leman Field, 45 mi north of Lowestoft, England. As it approached the rig at 7:45 p.m.

May 6, 2008 - 6:18am

In the wake of an emergency AD demanding main-rotor blade inspections on the entire Sikorsky S-76 fleet (see page 6), Sikorsky issued a statement in which it concurred with the findings of the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB)–that the fatal July 16 crash of a Bristow S-76A+ into the North Sea, resulting in the deaths of nine passengers and two pilots, was caused by a lightning strike suffered by one of the helicopter’s main rotor

May 5, 2008 - 6:34am

Less than two weeks after the July 16 crash of a Bristow Sikorsky S-76A+ (G-BJVX) that killed all 11 passengers and crew when the helicopter apparently lost a main rotor blade and plummeted into the waters of the North Sea, the FAA issued an emergency AD covering all S-76As, -Bs, and -Cs.

April 21, 2008 - 10:15am

With more than 90 percent of the wreckage recovered, the UK’s Department for Transport’s Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) has released preliminary observations into the July 16 North Sea crash of a Bristow Helicopters S-76A+. Items recovered revealed separation of one of the four rotor blades about six feet from the blade root and a fractured gearbox casing.

February 5, 2008 - 5:49am

Sikorsky S-61A, Kimble, Tenn., March 23, 2003–At 8 a.m. CST Sikorsky S-61A N81664, registered to and operated by Pennsylvania-based Carson Helicopters out of Grants Pass, Ore., crashed and burst into flames during a logging operation in a remote area near Kimble. The aircraft was operating in VMC under Part 133 for external load operations.

February 5, 2008 - 5:49am

Sikorsky S-61A, Kimble, Tenn., March 23, 2003–At 8 a.m. CST Sikorsky S-61A N81664, registered to and operated by Pennsylvania-based Carson Helicopters out of Grants Pass, Ore., crashed and burst into flames during a logging operation in a remote area near Kimble. The aircraft was operating in VMC under Part 133 for external load operations.

February 4, 2008 - 11:05am

Bristow Helicopters is suing Sikorsky and its parent company, United Technologies, for negligence over a crash in which a Sikorsky S-76A plunged into the North Sea last July, killing all 11 people on board. In a lawsuit brought before a London court, Bristow alleges that faulty repair work was performed on a main rotor blade three years before, when that blade was hit by lightning while on another S-76A, also operated by Bristow.

 
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