Identity of the helicopter wreckage recovered off the Isle of Lewis December 1998

Waiting for an internal review by Royal Air Force of their handling of this request.

Dear Royal Air Force,
I wish to make enquiries about the helicopter wreckage recovered from the sea 80 miles West of the Isle of Lewis on the 16th of December 1998 by the French trawler ‘Albert Granet’. I believe this wreckage comprised of the rotor head, four blades and part of the main gear box. Some sources have stated this bore a serial number akin to a Westland manufactured machine.

The wreckage was allegedly taken to St Athan for inspection. Please can you confirm whether the identity of this machine was established and how it was lost etc.?

Yours faithfully,

M Morgan


Dear Mike Morgan,


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Dear Royal Air Force,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Royal Air Force's handling of my FOI request 'Identity of the helicopter wreckage recovered off the Isle of Lewis December 1998'.

The application is now beyond a reasonable length of time considering the relaxation of covid rules.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:

Yours faithfully,

Mike Morgan