Incident Bell 47G (Bell 47B-3) G-AKFA,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 61569
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Date:Tuesday 4 January 1955
Type:Silhouette image of generic B47G model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bell 47G (Bell 47B-3)
Owner/operator:BEA Helicopters Ltd
Registration: G-AKFA
MSN: 69
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:London-Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:London Gatwick Airport (LGW)
Destination airport:London/Gatwick Airport (LGW)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Bell 47B-3 G-AKFA: First registered (C of R 118641/1) on 11/9/47 to British European Airways Ltd (BEA), Ruislip, Middlesex. Written off (damaged beyond repair) 4/1/55 when blown over by high winds on landing. The helicopter was running blade icing tests and crashed from 40 feet. The pilot was First Officer C S Hagues, the other occupant Engineer Observer W B Petrie. [Britain was in the grip of snowstorms on this day.] See: The Times, Wed 5/1/1955. Another (very similar) report appeared in the "Birmingham Daily Post" - Wednesday 05 January 1955:

"Helicopter Damaged During Research
A B.E.A. helicopter engaged on blade-icing research in a snowstorm at Gatwick Airport yesterday suddenly dropped to the ground from a height of 40ft., at which it had been hovering. The undercarriage and rotor blades were badly damaged, but the crew of two — the pilot, First Officer C. N. Hague and Engineer Observer W. B. Petrie—escaped unhurt.

Registration G-AKFA cancelled by the CAA on 5/9/55 as "damaged beyond repair"



Revision history:

22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
17-Aug-2010 15:47 TB Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
04-Nov-2013 20:09 eagleman Updated [Narrative]
28-Jan-2014 19:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Jun-2014 09:10 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Source, Narrative]
05-Jun-2014 18:15 TB Updated [Source]
22-Feb-2020 00:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative]
22-Feb-2020 00:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
13-Jun-2023 10:28 Nepa Updated [[Source]]

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