Flamborough Helicopter Crash: Thorough Investigation Vital Step Towards Gaining Answers

Two Killed In Tragedy In East Yorkshire


Aviation lawyers representing injured victims and the families of those killed in major on and offshore helicopter tragedies in recent years have said that a thorough investigation is vital to determine the cause of a crash off the coast of Flamborough, East Yorkshire in which two people died.

The Bell JetRanger aircraft crashed into the sea near Selwick Bay on Tuesday afternoon (September 17th) as it travelled to refuel at Humberside Airport during its journey from Dechmont, West Lothian to Retford, Nottinghamshire.

Emergency services and the RNLI attended the scene and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has now sent a team to investigate.

Irwin Mitchell’s Aviation Law team, which specialises in helping victims and families who have lost loved ones in air accidents of all kinds to gain answers and justice regarding such incidents, said that many of the public will be keen for answers regarding the tragedy, given the series of serious helicopter accidents over the last 5 years.

The team currently represents victims of a number of helicopter crashes including those injured in two incidents in the North Sea in October 2012 and in August last year, as well as those injured in helicopter accidents in Rwanda and in Vauxhall, London in January 2013.

They are also working with Irwin Mitchell Scotland on behalf of victims and families of those killed in the Clutha Vaults police helicopter tragedy in Glasgow last year. The leading legal team also represents the families of those tragically killed in other helicopter crashes in England and France.

Expert Opinion
It is very worrying to see reports emerge of yet another fatal helicopter crash in the UK and the AAIB must work quickly and thoroughly to gather as much information as possible regarding this tragic flight.

"The investigators will need to determine the full sequence of events leading up to the crash to identify what has caused and contributed to this tragedy. Amongst other things, they will consider weather conditions at the time of the flight, the actions of the pilot and whether any technical faults may have played a part. It is reported that witnesses heard a loud "crack" before watching the helicopter plummet into the sea below sheer 250 foot high cliffs. However, it is too early to say what caused this noise, including whether it was a mechanical problem with the helicopter and the relevance of this evidence will only be properly understood after the investigators have conducted a full investigation.

"It is to be hope that that there will be prompt publication of the interim and final accident reports so that the aviation industry and the aviation authorities can learn lessons to improve helicopter flight safety and so that the families of the victims can understand how this tragedy occurred and what needs to be done to prevent a similar accident in the future."
Jim Morris, Partner