Tayside police have released a few more details here
Investigations are continuing today into the full set of circumstances surrounding yesterday???s fatal helicopter crash in which two men died.
This morning, Tayside Police officers held a briefing with officials from the Air Accident Investigation Branch, who arrived in the area last night having travelled from Farnborough.
Detailed examinations are now continuing at the scene and the recovery of the wreckage of the Bell 206 helicopter has begun. This recovery is likely to continue into tomorrow.
Formal identification of the two men who died has not taken place as yet and as such Tayside Police are still not in a position to release their identities.
As stated yesterday, it is understood that one of the men is from the Glasgow area and was in his late 40s, whilst the other man was in his mid-50s and from Tyne & Wear.
They were the aircraft???s only occupants when it fell to ground east of the A94 Coupar Angus to Meigle road at about 10.15 yesterday morning.
The helicopter is understood to have been travelling from Cumbernauld to the Aberdeen area, when it came down on open ground. No one else was injured as a result of the accident.
Traffic on nearby roads is not being limited at this time, although Tayside Police is advising drivers to avoid the area unless their journey is absolutely necessary. There will be a number of larger vehicles in the area during the course of the day to assist with the removal of the stricken aircraft. This may lead to some congestion in the area.
Tayside Police would once again appeal to anyone who was in the area this morning and may have information useful to enquiries to contact us immediately on Perth (01738) 6231141.
Tayside police have confirmed the identities of the two men who died in this accident here
Tayside Police can confirm that the two men who died after the helicopter they were travelling in crashed in Perthshire on Wednesday morning have been identified.
They have been named as Robert Philip Ward (48 ), Great Western Road, Glasgow, and Edward Lapsley (56), of Roland???s Gill, Tyne & Wear.
The families of both men have expressly asked that they are not contacted by the media and are allowed to grieve in private at this difficult time.
Investigations continued today into the full set of circumstances surrounding the fatal helicopter crash in which the two men died. They were the aircraft's only occupants when it fell to ground east of the A94 Coupar Angus to Meigle road at about 10.15 on Wednesday morning.
The helicopter was travelling from Cumbernauld to the Aberdeen area when it came down on open ground. No one else was injured as a result of the accident.
Tayside Police officers held a briefing early on Thursday with officials from the Air Accident Investigation Branch, who arrived in the area the previous night, having travelled from Farnborough.
Methodical examination continued at the scene during the day, with officers combing the field section by section, and the recovery of the wreckage of the Bell 206 helicopter began. This recovery will continue tomorrow.
My thoughts with friends and family; I find it particularly sad when this happens at such a poignant time of year. _________________ J.
The AAIB have issued a Special Bulletin relating to this accident here
The aircraft was engaged upon a standard pipeline inspection flight. During the flight the vertical fin detached from the aircraft striking the tail rotor, and the tail rotor and its gearbox were torn from their mountings. The aircraft crashed, with fatal injuries to the two persons on board. Examination of the fin supports revealed evidence of fatigue in fractures through and around all four attachment bolt holes. Corrosion was evident on some of the fracture surfaces. The fin supports are subject to visual inspections every 100 flying hours; however the cracks originated in an area that cannot be seen without removing the fin, which is not required. The Special Bulletin includes two Safety Recommendations. The first of these is addressed to the UK CAA and recommends, for Bell and Agusta-Bell 206 series helicopters on the UK register, a one-off visual inspection of the fin supports with the fin removed. The second recommends that Transport Canada (the State of Manufacture), the EASA and the FAA each consider introducing a similar inspection.
I note from the report that the commander had approx 15000 hours experience. _________________ J.
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