AAIB investigation to Agusta Westland AW139, G-LBAL
Flight into terrain after takeoff in fog and at night, near Gillingham Hall, Norfolk, 13 March 2014.
The helicopter departed from a private site with little cultural lighting at night and in fog. Although the commander had briefed a vertical departure, the helicopter pitched progressively nose-down until impacting the ground. The four occupants were fatally injured. Safety action has been proposed by the CAA, and two Safety Recommendations are made.
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Published: 8 October 2015
Date of occurrence: 13 March 2014