Helicopter Makes Precautionary Landing On St Mary’s

A British International Helicopters aircraft has made a precautionary landing at St Mary’s airport this morning.

We understand an emergency fire alarm light came on in the cockpit as the 10.00am helicopter was leaving Tresco for the mainland.

A fire engine and ambulance was dispatched from Porthmellon to the airport.

The Sikorsky S-61 landed safely.

British International CEO, Tony Jones, told Radio Scilly news there was no actual fire. He says ‘spurious fire warnings’ are not uncommon in helicopters.

An engineer was called out and the helicopter is now back in service.


5 Responses to Helicopter Makes Precautionary Landing On St Mary’s

  1. Kernowlad June 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    S92’s are having their problems too……

  2. London London boy June 29, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Yep – what’s needed is 2 new S-92s – checked Argos website but they are still full price.

  3. Kernowlad June 28, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    The crew carried out the correct emergency procedures. Better be safe than sorry. I flew S61N’s for many years (about 8,000 flight hours) and I only ever had 1 fire warning which also was spurious. The S61N is not the most modern of helicopters but overall has a very good safety record

  4. Steve Att June 27, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    no but any break or loss of signal in any of the fire loops around the engine (usually there is at least 2 fire wires per designated zone) will cause a warning light in the cockpit – Turbine engines are a high vibration source so can shake many bits loose including wire clipping points.

  5. London London boy June 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Sikorsky design helicopters so that they incorporate randem spurious fire warnings? mmm.