A helicopter which crashed in East Yorks killing the pilot and injuring passengers was over the allowed weight limit

More on AAIB’s verdict into the helicopter crash which killed a pilot and left four men injured at Breighton Aerodrome a year ago.

Investigators concluded the pilot agreed to take on passengers that he “hadn’t originally planned to”, which meant the SE-313B Alouette II helicopter “exceeded the Flight Manual limitation for maximum weight”.

Witnesses said they heard a “crack” and a “very loud bang” after the aircraft performed several steep manoeuvres.

The main rotor blades hit the tail boom before the helicopter crashed to the ground of the former World War Two airfield, the AAIB said.

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