Incident Aérospatiale SA 341G Gazelle N150SF, Sunday 5 November 2023
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Date:Sunday 5 November 2023
Time:c. 13:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic GAZL model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Aérospatiale SA 341G Gazelle
Registration: N150SF
MSN: 1584
Year of manufacture:1978
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Anglia Motel, Fleet Hargate, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Anglia Motel, Fleet Hargate, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
An Aérospatiale SA 341G Gazelle (stretched version) hit a floodlight pole with the rotor blades during a takeoff attempt at the Anglia Motel, Fleet Hargate, Lincolnshire. The two occupants were not injured and the helicopter received substantial damage, including a small engine bay fire.

The incident was the subject of an AAIB Correspondence-only report, published on 8 February 2024, and the following is the summary from the report:

"While departing from a remote landing site near the coast, the helicopter lifted into a low hover. It was then caught by a strong gust of wind causing it to yaw rapidly to the left and drift backwards. The rotor blades struck a flag post causing structural damage to the helicopter, but the pilot managed to land with no injuries to the occupants."


1. AAIB Correspondence-only report, published on 8 February 2024:
6. (photo)

History of this aircraft

Ex N158SF, N150SF, (N650SF), N150SF, N125ME, N90040



Revision history:

06-Nov-2023 01:36 Geno Added
06-Nov-2023 02:25 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative, Category]
06-Nov-2023 08:27 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
08-Feb-2024 17:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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