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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 180594
Last updated: 21 January 2020
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Date:22-OCT-2015
Time:c. 14:05
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS32 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 332B Super Puma
Owner/operator:Ejército del Aire
Registration: HD.21-07
C/n / msn: 2062
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:40 mi SW off Dakhla -   Morocco
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Nouadhibou (NDB, GQPP)
Destination airport:Gando (LPA, GCLP)
Narrative:
A helicopter operated by the Spanish Air Force's 802 Squadron crashed or ditched into the Atlantic Ocean with three crew members on board. The helicopter took off from the Mauritanian town of Nouadibou, where he had refueled from Dakar, at 13:13 UTC and was due to arrive at Gando 16:45 UTC. Last contact was at 14:05 UTC.

Official statements from Morocco that a Moroccan vessel had rescued the crew proved false, according to Spanish media. A search for the crew members is still ongoing.

The cabin of the helicopter has been localized and the Spanish army intends to hoist the wreck to the surface, but the weather conditions are difficult. On Thursday 29 the search ended with the discovery of the bodies of its three crew members.

Sources:

https://www.thespainreport.com/articles/245-151022210750-spanish-air-force-helicopter-crashes-in-atlantic-crew-missing-280-miles-off-the-canary-islands
http://www.defensa.gob.es/gabinete/notasPrensa/2015/10/DGC-151022-accidente-helicoptero-gando.html
https://laprensasa.com/309_america-in-english/3415703_crew-of-spanish-military-helicopter-survives-crash.html
http://www.elmundo.es/espana/2015/10/24/562b765de2704e07768b4663.html

http://www.elmundo.es/espana/2015/10/28/5630c6dc46163f2f348b45ae.html
http://www.rtve.es/noticias/20151029/buzos-armada-no-pueden-izar-cabina-del-helicoptero-siniestrado-mal-tiempo/1244643.shtml
Scramble


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-Oct-2015 20:14 harro Added
22-Oct-2015 20:15 harro Updated [Narrative]
22-Oct-2015 20:17 harro Updated [Narrative]
23-Oct-2015 05:51 Ramon Updated [Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Damage]
23-Oct-2015 05:53 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
23-Oct-2015 05:53 harro Updated [Plane category]
23-Oct-2015 08:35 Chieftain Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport]
24-Oct-2015 10:56 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
24-Oct-2015 14:27 hydra Updated [Narrative]
24-Oct-2015 14:29 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Source, Narrative]
28-Oct-2015 19:44 Anon. Updated [Source, Narrative]
30-Oct-2015 00:04 Anon. Updated [Total fatalities, Source, Narrative]
15-Apr-2016 10:05 TB Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Location, Country, Source, Narrative]

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