Report says double engine failure is the cause of Police Scotland helicopter crash.
New York (AirGuide Features - Inside Air Travel) Fri, Feb 14, 2014
- A Police Scotland helicopter that crashed into a Glasgow pub last year
killing 10 people suffered a double engine failure, investigators said
in an interim report on Friday Feb. 14. Britain's air accident
investigator said both engines on the Eurocopter EC135 T2, made by an
Airbus subsidiary, failed despite there being fuel in the main tank.
The police helicopter dropped from the sky onto the Clutha pub in
Scotland's biggest city last November when more than 100 people
were inside, killing all three crew and seven others and injuring 32.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said the investigation was
continuing. "The investigation will seek to determine why... no
emergency radio transmission was received from the pilot and why,
following the double engine failure, an autorotative descent and flare
recovery was not achieved," the report said. Airbus Helicopters
said in a statement it would take time to fully understand the cause of
the accident. "Airbus Helicopters does not speculate on potential
causes of any accident and continues to actively support the ongoing
investigations of the AAIB," it said. Bond Aviation, the company
which operated the helicopter, has started to pay compensation to
victims and their families. The group has said that although the cause
of the accident was not known, it was committed to ensuring proper
compensation was paid to all of those who had suffered loss as a result
of the accident. It did not say it accepted liability. "All
concerned understand this process will be a long and complex
investigation. While the investigation continues, we would urge against
speculation," Bond Aviation said in a statement.
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