LAX01WA051
LAX01WA051

On December 3, 2000, at 1535 UTC, a Robinson R-22B, UK registration G-BNUZ, broke up in-flight over Church Fenton, North Yorkshire, UK, while descending toward the Sheburn Aerodrome for landing. The helicopter was destroyed in the accident sequence and the private pilot and one passenger sustained fatal injuries. The helicopter was operated by Hields Aviation and rented by the pilot for a local area personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the operation. Ground witnesses reported that in the minutes prior to the breakup, the engine was heard to run roughly and the main rotor blades were slow enough to see the individual blades.

The accident is under the jurisdiction of, and being investigated by, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch of the United Kingdom's Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, Berkshire Copse Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 2HH, United Kingdom. Telephone number 44 1252 510300.

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