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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 178044
Last updated: 20 June 2020
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Time:13:25 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B407 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 407
Owner/operator:Hevilift Ltd
Registration: P2-HCB
C/n / msn: 53141
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:North of Ok-Tedi mine site, Tifalmin, West Sepik Province -   Papua New Guinea
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Tifalmin, West Sepik Province
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AIC PNG
Helicopter departed Tifalmin with an empty long line to conduct sling operations. There was no significant weather during its departure from the helipad.

The pilot reported that when the helicopter was between 50 and 60 ft above the ground, he sensed a reduction in aircraft power. The pilot did not hear the aircraft’s aural warnings in low rotor or full authority digital engine control (FADEC), and he did not realise that the helicopter was beginning to descend.
The pilot nosed the aircraft forward to avoid the helipad security fence. The helicopter rotated through about 180° and settled firmly into a swampy patch of the ground about 60 m from the helipad. The pilot reported a sharp pain in his back and was airlifted to the Tabubil hospital. He was subsequently reported to have received minor injuries.

A fuel pipe kink was identified but it is not clear if that caused the power loss.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AIC PNG
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

24-Jul-2015 06:30 Petropavlovsk Added
24-Jul-2015 10:16 Petropavlovsk Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport]
24-Jul-2015 10:16 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Narrative]
24-Jul-2015 14:38 Geno Updated [Source]
26-Jul-2015 11:02 gerard57 Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities]
02-Sep-2015 21:29 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Aug-2016 23:55 Dr.John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Damage]
22-Aug-2016 23:55 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location]
08-Nov-2017 23:45 Aerossurance Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Aug-2018 19:56 harro Updated [Source]

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