AAIB investigation to Bell 206B Jet Ranger III, G-BTHY

Entanglement with a recreational kite, Sandwich Bay, Kent, 19 February 2017.


The helicopter was flying at 700 ft agl when it encountered and severed a recreational kite line. The pilot was not aware of the contact and continued the flight. Subsequently, damage to several parts of the helicopter was discovered after shutdown. The kite flying activity had not been notified to the CAA, so no NOTAM had been issued.

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Bell 206B Jet Ranger III, G-BTHY 08-17

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Published 10 August 2017