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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65677
Last updated: 17 November 2021
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Date:05-JUN-1969
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic FH11 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild Hiller FH-1100
Owner/operator:Rent-a-Copter
Registration: G-AVTG
MSN: 10
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Le Bourget (LBG), Paris -   France
Phase: Approach
Nature:Private
Departure airport:LBG/LFPB
Destination airport:LBG/LFPB
Narrative:
Crashed at Le Bouget, France 5.6.69. Tragically, this is the craft which crashed so spectacularly at the 1969 Paris Air Show at Le Bourget on 5th June in which the craft's British pilot perished

The Hiller was flown by one of my RN instructors, Terry McDonald. Terry started as a RAF fixed wing pilot, moved on to fly a VC 10 for the Nigerian president at a time when they were being removed rather frequently. Terry used to joke " Whose the president today?". He then joined the RN to become a helicopter pilot, was a great character & good instructor.

Apparently the weather in Paris was very bad & while flying just below the low cloud base, something broke & the Hiller pitched upwards into the cloud & reappeared virtually upside down, crashed & killed him instantly. Hiller of course said it was pilot error & that Terry had lost it in cloud. Having had an instrument rating in both planks & helicopters for 20+ years, I highly doubt it. Very sad loss.

Registration belatedly cancelled by the CAA 23.2.73 as "PWFU" ("Permanently Withdrawn From Use")

Sources:

http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-AVTG.pdf
https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1350544/
https://www.pprune.org/rotorheads/419023-rotary-nostalgia-thread-79.html


Images:

Photo of G-AVTG courtesy AirHistory.net


Wethersfield (EGVT / WXF)
1 June 1968; (c) Terry Dann

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-Jun-2009 22:42 VHKDK Added
15-Jul-2012 14:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
01-Nov-2016 18:37 harro Updated [Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
02-Nov-2016 10:20 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
07-Dec-2016 19:56 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Embed code]

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