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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 183020
Last updated: 5 October 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic EC30 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter EC 130B4
Owner/operator:Beltimar (Pty) Ltd
Registration: ZS-RZL
C/n / msn: 4004
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Vredefort, Free State -   South Africa
Phase: En route
Departure airport:FAGC (Grand Central)
Destination airport:Vredeford Dome
The pilot reported that on approach to Vredeford Dome, he experienced a severe downdraft. He elected to execute an emergency autorotation procedure. The pilot reported that during the landing, a severe dust bowl formed and restricted his vision with the NR warning horn sounding. During the process, the pilot overcorrected the helicopter and caused the tail to dig onto the soft soil. The helicopter came to rest on its left side. One of the passengers took out the aircraft equipped hand held Halon fire extinguisher and doused the flames that were coming from the engine exhaust.

Sources:]Avcom: EUROCOPTER EC 130 B4 down near Parys


Grand Central Airport, 15:09 January 28, 2011 Bruce Perkins

Revision history:

03-Jan-2016 07:52 Topaz Added
03-Jan-2016 07:53 Topaz Updated [Source]
03-Jan-2016 07:54 Topaz Updated [Source]
03-Jan-2016 10:26 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type]
20-Jan-2016 13:20 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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