'Severe vibrations' caused in-flight breakup of Bell 525 prototype during OEI tests

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January 18, 2018


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The first prototype of the Bell 525 Relentless crashed on July 6, 2016, halting flight testing on the program for over a year while the investigation into the accident continued. Sheldon Cohen Photo

'Severe vibrations' caused in-flight breakup of Bell 525 prototype during OEI tests

Unanticipated severe vibrations caused the in-flight breakup of the first Bell 525 prototype during a one-engine inoperative test at 185 knots, the NTSB has found in its final report on the accident.

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An operator in Mexico has become the first customer to add an R44 Cadet with floats to its fleet. Skip Robinson Photo

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The 100-year story of Westland is being told on a new website through a series of recorded oral histories with people who worked at the Yeovil factory.

 
 
   

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