Copter crash probe

In­ves­ti­ga­tion launched af­ter in­ci­dent leaves man in­jured

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - BY STEVEN RAE

AN in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched into a Tay­side he­li­copter crash which left a man in­jured.

The un­named ca­su­alty, be­lieved to be the pi­lot, was taken by am­bu­lance to Ninewells Hospi­tal with a bro­ken leg af­ter the in­ci­dent at Perth Air­port around 10.30am yes­ter­day.

One wit­ness said the Robin­son he­li­copter was hav­ing ground checks done near the Scot­land’s Char­ity Air Am­bu­lance (SCAA) hangar when the in­ci­dent oc­curred.

It is un­der­stood the chop­per was on the ground and then went into a spin be­fore top­pling on to its side.

Jade Hamp­ton, 20, who lives op­po­site the air­port, said she had heard a “bang” and ini­tially thought the bird scarer had gone off.

She added: “Look­ing at the wreck­age, I’m amazed some­one has only got a bro­ken leg.”

Po­lice Scot­land said there was no dan­ger to the pub­lic.

The air­field re­mained open through­out the in­ci­dent.

Other agen­cies in­volved in­cluded paramedics from the air am­bu­lance who were first on the scene, along with Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice per­son­nel.

The air­port’s own fire crew dealt with the af­ter­math, in­clud­ing clear­ing up leak­ing fuel.

The Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice was later asked to at­tend and fire­fight­ers were seen dous­ing the dam­aged air­craft with foam as a pre­cau­tion.

Today, a spokesman for the UK Govern­ment’s Air Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch (AAIB) said a probe into the in­ci­dent had started.

He said: “As with the ma­jor­ity of our in­ves­ti­ga­tions, this is be­ing un­der­taken ‘by cor­re­spon­dence’ rather than as a field in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“A cor­re­spon­dence in­ves­ti­ga­tion usu­ally in­volves emails and calls with those in­volved and may in­volve some fol­low-up work, whereas a field in­ves­ti­ga­tion means in­spec­tors have de­ployed to the ac­ci­dent scene.

“Ev­ery in­ves­ti­ga­tion is dif­fer­ent but it’s usual for cor­re­spon­dence in­ves­ti­ga­tions to be pub­lished in three to six months.

The ob­jec­tive of the AAIB in­ves­ti­ga­tion is the pre­ven­tion of fu­ture ac­ci­dents and in­ci­dents.

AAIB re­ports are not used to as­sign fault or blame or de­ter­mine li­a­bil­ity.

The air­field, at New Scone a few miles north of Perth, is used for pri­vate and busi­ness flights.

Fire crews, po­lice and other per­son­nel deal with the crash, which took place at Perth Air­port.

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