Cabin from Puma XW225
Details of the cabin were notified to the museum by the current Puma Force as a potential spares source for XW208. As they explained to us, the person was rescued from the crash and passed away in hospital sometime after the incident; this is confirmed by the Aircraft Incident Report that we have seen.
Furthermore, our understanding is that if the pilot had died on-board the helicopter then the MOD would have instructed that the wreckage was crushed after the board of inquiry.
Work on the XW208 restoration project is being carried out by a former member of the Puma Force, with the parts recovery taking place in a respectful and careful manner. Once useable items from the cabin have been removed it is our intention to dispose of the rest of the cabin. A plaque in memory of the pilot who lost his life will also be placed inside our rebuilt Puma, XW208.