Incident Bell 206B Jetranger II G-BAKF, Monday 9 January 1989
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Date:Monday 9 January 1989
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bell 206B Jetranger II
Owner/operator:Dollar Air Services
Registration: G-BAKF
MSN: 854
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:1 mile E of Malmesbury, Gloucestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 09-01-1989 when crashed due to a wire strike one mile E of Malmesbury, Gloucestershire whilst engaged in gas pipeline survey work. The two crew sustained minor injuries. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"Whilst carrying out a routine gas pipeline survey, the aircraft Commander decided to land near the edge of a field. During the final stage of the approach, the aircraft Commander became aware of an overhead electricity cable in the area of the aircraft's approach path. An avoiding turn was initiated, and power was applied; however, the tail rotor struck the cable

Both the tail rotor, and subsequently, the ,main rotor separated from the airframe, causing the aircraft to enter into a rapid rotating descent. The commander closed the throttle on impact, and then selected both the fuel cock and the battery master switch to OFF. The aircraft rolled over onto its right side, and the occupants who were both wearing full upper torso restraints, escaped through the left-hand front door. There was no fire."

Damaged sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "damaged beyond economic repair". As a result, the registration G-BAKF was cancelled by the CAA on 20-03-1989 as "Permanently withdrawn from use"

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


1. Aviation News 3-16 Feb 1989.
2. AAIB:
3. CAA:

Revision history:

21-Nov-2015 07:14 JINX Added
25-Jan-2016 20:56 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]

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