2008matt
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Agusta Westland Helicopter Crash Norfolk, UK

Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:48 am

An Augusta Westland helicopter, owned by Northern Ireland peer Lord Ballyedmond, has crash near the village of Gillingham in Norfolk, UK. Believed to have occurred at around 19:30 GMT. All four aboard killed, RIP.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-26572122
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bennett123
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Agusta Westland Helicopter Crash Norfolk, UK

Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:04 am

www.aviation-safety.net indicates an Agusta Westland of Haughey Air.

www.augustawestland.com says that they sold them an AW139 in 2011.

www.caa.co.uk confirms that the only AW139 registered to Haughey Air is G-LBAL.
 
2008matt
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Agusta Westland Helicopter Crash Norfolk, UK

Fri Mar 14, 2014 4:54 pm

Thats 3 in 4 months in the UK  
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Bongodog1964
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Agusta Westland Helicopter Crash Norfolk, UK

Fri Mar 14, 2014 6:22 pm

Quoting 2008matt (Reply 2):

Thats 3 in 4 months in the UK  

But all in very different circumstances, . This one may well be the easiest one to solve.
 
2008matt
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Agusta Westland Helicopter Crash Norfolk, UK

Fri Mar 14, 2014 6:47 pm

Yes, but you don't get 3 plane crashes in the UK in 4 months? Why do helicopters crash more often?
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Agusta Westland Helicopter Crash Norfolk, UK

Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:33 pm

Quoting 2008matt (Reply 4):
Yes, but you don't get 3 plane crashes in the UK in 4 months? Why do helicopters crash more often?

Less redundancy, and a lot more time poking around the corners of flight where accidents are more likely.
 
Bongodog1964
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Agusta Westland Helicopter Crash Norfolk, UK

Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:11 pm

Quoting 2008matt (Reply 4):
Yes, but you don't get 3 plane crashes in the UK in 4 months? Why do helicopters crash more often?

A glance through the AAIB website will reveal that such a number of plane crashes (mainly general aviation) is not unusual. Additionally I recall that in the 1970's & 80's such a number of military crashes each month was the norm.

By their nature helicopters operate in environments that are often more challenging than that of fixed wing aircraft, consider yesterdays accident, the helicopter was operating from the owners front lawn, a general aviation plane of similar size would have been operating from an airfield with at least 3000 feet of runway in front of it, plus the assistance of ATC, better weather reports, fire cover etc.
The owner then needs to decide if the convenience outweighs the additional risk.

Of course the three crashes you mention are very different and the fact that you link them is probably down to the facts that each crashed on land with the loss of multiple lives. The Glasgow crash appears to be due to fuel starvation and in the case of the Pave Hawk we may well never be privy to the cause.
 
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Agusta Westland Helicopter Crash Norfolk, UK

Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:01 pm

Sounds like this might be weather related in heavy fog.   
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Agusta Westland Helicopter Crash Norfolk, UK

Sun Mar 16, 2014 4:12 pm

Quoting 2008matt (Reply 4):
Yes, but you don't get 3 plane crashes in the UK in 4 months?

3 crashes in 4 months of extreme winter weather is not unusual.
 
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Agusta Westland Helicopter Crash Norfolk, UK

Sun Mar 16, 2014 10:59 pm

Quoting 2008matt (Reply 4):
Yes, but you don't get 3 plane crashes in the UK in 4 months? Why do helicopters crash more often?

Helicopters have a much higher accident rate than fixed-wing aircraft, partly due to their technology and complexity and partly due to the type of flying they do.

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