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AS365N3 Dauphin II, G-REDG

Date of occurrence: 18 April 2011

Summary:

Following a normal despatch and engine start for a routine offshore flight, the ground engineer monitoring the helicopter’s departure noticed flames emanating from the No 1 engine. As there was no dedicated means for ground staff to inform ATC of the incident, in order to alert the crew, the ground engineer chased the helicopter along the taxiway to attract the crew’s attention and communicate with them using hand signals. The crew shutdown the helicopter and the passengers were evacuated. The ground engineer extinguished a small oil-fed fire in the engine bay with a handheld fire extinguisher from the cockpit. Two safety recommendations have been made.

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Report name:
AS365N3 Dauphin II, G-REDG
Registration:
G-REDG
Type:
AS365N3 Dauphin II
Location:
Norwich Airport
Date of occurrence:
18 April 2011
Category:
Commercial Air Transport - Rotorcraft
Summary:

Following a normal despatch and engine start for a routine offshore flight, the ground engineer monitoring the helicopter’s departure noticed flames emanating from the No 1 engine. As there was no dedicated means for ground staff to inform ATC of the incident, in order to alert the crew, the ground engineer chased the helicopter along the taxiway to attract the crew’s attention and communicate with them using hand signals. The crew shutdown the helicopter and the passengers were evacuated. The ground engineer extinguished a small oil-fed fire in the engine bay with a handheld fire extinguisher from the cockpit. Two safety recommendations have been made.

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