On March 11, 2002, about 1830 local time, an S-76C+, operated by WCS/Royal Travel Office, G-XXEZ, sustained a hard landing at Blackbushe Airport (EGLK), United Kingdom. The tailboom was reported buckled as a result of the landing. The helicopter was being operated in rejected takeoff and other procedures training, in night visual meteorological conditions under the authority of the Civil Aviation Authority, United Kingdom.

Sikorsky Aircraft sent a senior test pilot to assist the Investigator-in-Charge (IIC), Aircraft Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB), UK.

For further information, please contact:

Mr. John Blackwell
AAIB, Farnborough, UK
tel. 44 1252 510 300

U.S. Accredited Representative:

Thomas R. Conroy
Office of Aviation Safety
Regional Operations and General Aviation Branch, AS-20
Washington, DC 20594
(202) 314-6314 / fax. -6329

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