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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 66506
Last updated: 22 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic UH12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hiller UH-12C
Owner/operator:Rent-a-Copter Ltd
Registration: G-ARUF
MSN: 903
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Loch Awe, Ford, Argyllshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Loch Awe, Ford, Argyllshire
Destination airport:
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 6/7/1963 when ditched into Loch Awe, Ford, Argyllshire at the start of a photographic sortie. After taking off from a jetty, at near maximum weight, and in zero wind conditions, the helicopter began to lose height when the pilot turned to avoid flying over a boat moored alongside the jetty. Despite the application of full throttle, the pilot was unable to prevent the helicopter sinking into the water. The main rotor blades broke on impact and the aircraft sank immediately, coming to rest inverted at a depth of some 15 ft. All three occupants escaped and were quickly rescued.

Registration G-ARUF formally cancelled by the CAA on 29/1/1964 (some six months later) as "P.W.F.U." ("Permanently Withdrawn From Use")


4. Survey of accidents to aircraft in the United Kingdom 1963 / CAA


Photo of G-ARUF courtesy

Biggin Hill (EGKB / BQH)
4 May 1963; (c) Ken Wales (via Terry Dann)

Revision history:

20-Jul-2009 21:21 VHKDK Added
04-Aug-2012 18:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Nature, Source, Narrative]
27-May-2015 16:56 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Source, Narrative]
09-Nov-2015 17:54 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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