Accident Bell 206L-1 LongRanger II N206DD,
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Date:Sunday 7 January 2001
Time:19:18 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bell 206L-1 LongRanger II
Owner/operator:D & P Central LLC
Registration: N206DD
MSN: 45242
Year of manufacture:1979
Engine model:Allison 250-C28B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Cow Bay, Virgin Gorda -   British Virgin Islands
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Beef Island Airport, BVI
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The helicopter was engaged in flying a coastal sightseeing tour from Beef Island airport in the British Virgin Islands, with six passengers on board. It was flying at an altitude of some 300 feet just off the north west shoreline of the Island of Virgin Gorda when without warning, the pilot noticed the left fuel boost pump low pressure warning light illuminate. He re-set the circuit breaker, to no effect, but some 10 seconds later the right fuel boost pump warning light also illuminated.

The pilot recalled that the fuel gauge at this time was indicating some 150 lbs, but that this quickly rose to 350 lb for some five seconds. He did not see the low fuel level warning light illuminate. Some 15 seconds after the first indication of low fuel pressure, the engine stopped and so from approximately 200 feet he entered auto rotation and stretched the glide towards the shore as far as he was able. The helicopter landed in a level attitude onto the water, but despite deployment of the skid mounted flotation bags, it rolled over onto its right side in some three feet of water. All the passengers were uninjured and, having exited through the left side doors, they waded ashore

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: EW/G2001/01/06
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

19-Jul-2012 11:41 ryan Added
26-Jan-2015 21:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
16-Feb-2018 07:32 TB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Source]
01-May-2022 03:25 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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