Pilot ditched AW139 after oil temperature warning

An AgustaWestland helicopter was ditched in the Arabian Gulf after engine oil temperatures soared to dangerously high levels.

The AW139 had two crew members and one passenger one board when it plunged into waters near Mubarras Island on April 29.

All three escaped uninjured from the aircraft, the UAE’s civil aviation authority said in a report.

An initial investigation by manufacturer Leonardo Helicopters showed that a cooling fan had failed to work, causing the oil to overheat.

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