Back to the womb with a boom

Article by Haakon Kjole 37 / BlackAngel 32 / Published 07 Feb 2002, 06:40
In 1987 the Bell 222A ("Airwolf") got repainted, and they removed all special airframe. It was shipped to Germany and put in service there. On the 9th of June 1991 it crashed during a thunderstorm, killing its three passengers.
AIRWOLF: Converted Airwolf on landing pad Photo: airwolf.org
 
AIRWOLF: Converted Airwolf at night Photo: airwolf.org
 
AIRWOLF: Converted Airwolf from the front Photo: airwolf.org
 
AIRWOLF: Converted Airwolf in front of building Photo: airwolf.org
 
CONVERTED AIRWOLF: Converted Airwolf in Germany 1987. Photo: Michael Mau
 
CONVERTED AIRWOLF: Converted Airwolf in Germany 1987. Photo: Michael Mau
 
CONVERTED AIRWOLF: Converted Airwolf in Germany 1987. Photo: Michael Mau
 
CONVERTED AIRWOLF: Converted Airwolf in Germany 1987. Photo: Michael Mau
 
The pilots were flying a little girl on a mercy mission from Berlin to the Cologne University Burns Unit, and was on its return journey when disaster struck as it was surprised by a thunderstorm mixed with fog. Visibility was reduced to just 30 yards. The authorities think it was either pilot error or that lightning struck and burned out the engines. The chopper crashed into a mountainside in a remote part of a forest, and it took about an hour before the rescue services could find the wreck.

The Bell 222A was Construction number (MSN) 47085, and was first registered in 1982. It got N-Number 3176S in the US.
When it was registered in Germany in June 1987 it got the registration D-HHSD.
Records in the German aviation database lists it as registered from 1987-<1994 and also shows the N3176S as the previous registration; proof that this was indeed "Airwolf".


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