AD issued to inspect the B430 main rotor pitch link clevis after the second of two accidents that cost the lives of 11 people.
While officially no cause was determined, the contributory factors identified and safety recommendations imply the investigators suspect a fast approach and a sudden pitch up to reduce speed as the helideck came into view in reduced visibility. Disappointingly, after one failed attempt, neither the wreckage nor recorders were recovered.
Deteriorating weather caused a hurried change of plan to use a technique for which there were no documented procedures.
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