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Eurocopter EC135 T2, G-IWRC

Date of occurrence: 16 September 2007

Summary:
The pilot and his passenger were returning to the UK from Europe. Whilst passing through the Stansted control zone, the helicopter had an event during which the auto trim in the Automatic Flight System disengaged and the helicopter pitched nose down. The pilot, believing he had a double engine failure, entered autorotation. During the landing flare the tail of the helicopter struck the ground first, severing the fenestron drive. The helicopter subsequently rolled on to its side and was extensively damaged. The occupants escaped without injuries.

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Report name:
Eurocopter EC135 T2, G-IWRC
Registration:
G-IWRC
Type:
Eurocopter EC135 T2
Location:
East of North Weald Airfield, Essex
Date of occurrence:
16 September 2007
Category:
General Aviation - Rotorcraft
Summary:
The pilot and his passenger were returning to the UK from Europe. Whilst passing through the Stansted control zone, the helicopter had an event during which the auto trim in the Automatic Flight System disengaged and the helicopter pitched nose down. The pilot, believing he had a double engine failure, entered autorotation. During the landing flare the tail of the helicopter struck the ground first, severing the fenestron drive. The helicopter subsequently rolled on to its side and was extensively damaged. The occupants escaped without injuries.
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