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Date: 27-NOV-1992
Time: evening

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Type:Westland Puma HC.1 (SA 330E)
Owner/operator: Royal Air Force (RAF)
Registration: XW233
C/n / msn: WA1205
Fatalities: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: Bessbrook Mill, South Armagh, Northern Ireland
Departure airport: RAF Aldergrove (BFS/EGAA)
Destination airport: Bessbrook, Northern Ireland

Mid-air collision with Army Air Corps (665 Sqn) Gazelle AH.1 ZB681 (cn1986) during final approach.
The Gazelles rotors hit the cockpit area of the Puma and both helicopters fell to the ground.
Accident caused by inadequate use of the correct radio procedures and a breakdown in the passage of information between the RAF and the AAC.
 

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