Black hole situations
14 Nov 2016
On 31 May 2013 the crew of a helicopter took off VFR into a dark night environment and lost control as a low level turn was initiated and did not recover. The Investigation found that the crew had little relevant experience and were not "operationally ready" to conduct a night VFR take off into an area of total darkness. Significant deficiencies at the Operator and in respect of the effectiveness of its Regulatory oversight were identified as having been a significant context for the accident.