On 1 August 2009 a Puma Mk1 helicopter, operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF), crashed in Iraq while flying over Baghdad.  The journey had been previously delayed due to poor weather. Members of 30 Signal Regiment and 4 or 5 other personnel were picked up in the helicopter which had been given the all clear to fly.

During the flight the helicopter began to sway up and down.  The aircraft then landed tail end down, and bounced on the ground several times before sliding and eventually coming to a rest.  The cause of the accident was determined as pilot error.

Irwin Mitchell Aviation Law represents a soldier serving with 30 Signal Regiment who sustained lower back injuries in this accident.  

If you would like to speak in confidence to an expert regarding this accident, or any other aviation incident you were involved in, please contact a member of the aviation team on 0800 056 4110. The team will be able to advise you on the accident, the relevant law and the parties who may be liable.

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