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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 43270
Last updated: 27 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas MD 500E (369E)
Owner/operator:Jack Setton
Registration: F-GIHC
MSN: 0376E
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Sea off Grand Turk -   Turks and Caicos Islands
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Grand Turk International Airport (MBGT)
Destination airport:
The helicopter crashed into the sea while attempting to land on a yacht. The accident happened at night (21:45 hours Local Time) with no moon but good visibility. Nevertheless, there would have been no visual reference points other than the lights on the yacht.

On arrival at the yacht, the helicopter had overflown the boat, and then made a left 360 degree turn to come round for a second approach. After completing this first turn, the pilot began a right turn but, at this point, it would appear that he became disoriented and lost control. During the first approach the pilot had reportedly radioed "I'm in trouble".

The helicopter had earlier taken off from Grand Turk International Airport


1. NTSB Identification: MIA00WA084 at

Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
20-Aug-2016 21:32 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]
20-Aug-2016 21:37 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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