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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 34471
Last updated: 5 December 2021
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Time:18:33 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS65 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale SA 365N Dauphin 2
Owner/operator:CHC Scotia
Registration: G-BLUN
MSN: 6114
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Morecambe Bay, Irish Sea -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Millom gas platform
Destination airport:North Morecambe gas platform
Investigating agency: AAIB
When preparing to land in darkness, the helicopter flew past the platform and struck the surface of the sea. The fuselage disintegrated on impact. There were no survivors.
The co-pilot was flying the approach. When he lost control of the helicopter he requested assistance from the commander. There was a four second delay, and while the commander’s initial actions to recover the helicopter were correct, the helicopter subsequently descended into the sea.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation 2008-032 issued by AAIB to CHC (Scotia)
Safety recommendation 2008-033 issued by AAIB to EASA
Safety recommendation 2008-036 issued by AAIB to EASA


Photo of G-BLUN courtesy

Blackpool (EGNH / BLK)
20 June 2004; (c) Streep

Revision history:

16-Oct-2008 23:25 harro Added
17-Dec-2012 10:46 TB Updated [Time, Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]
24-May-2013 01:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
03-Jun-2013 12:40 TB Updated [Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
03-Aug-2014 20:03 Aerossurance Updated [Nature, Source, Narrative]
22-Aug-2014 09:48 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
03-May-2016 10:07 Aerossurance Updated [Source]

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