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Report finds pilot 'disorientated' in clouds before fatal crash

Lord Lieutenant Barry Dodds killed in Aldborough helicopter crash

Published by May Norman at 1:55pm 14th March 2019.

The Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire probably became disorientated in clouds before fatal helicopter crash, according to a report

  • Barry Dodd CBE was killed in a helicopter crash in Aldborough, near Boroughbridge in May last year (2018).
  • An investigation found the Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire probably became disorientated in clouds before his aircraft came down in fields.
  • Investigators described the weather conditions at the time as challenging.

An investigation into the helicopter crash that killed the Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire concluded that Barry Dodd probably became disorientated in cloud.

He was the only person on board when it crashed near Boroughbridge in May last year.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says weather conditions during the flight were "challenging with low cloud and reduced visibility".

Investigators also found there was no evidence of a pre-existing defect with the helicopter or its engine.

An official summary from the report stated:

"It could not be determined why the helicopter entered cloud but it is probable that the pilot was distracted or became disorientated in the poor weather conditions.

"Having entered cloud it is likely that the pilot became spatially disorientated and was unable to maintain control of the helicopter."

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