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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 186683
Last updated: 31 October 2020
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Time:04:06 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206L1 LongRanger
Owner/operator:Heli Niugini Ltd
Registration: P2-HBS
C/n / msn: 45645
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Mt. Kare, Enga Province -   Papua New Guinea
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Mt. Hagen
Destination airport:Mt. Kare
Investigating agency: AIC PNG
On approach to land with the weight 109 kg above the maximum permissible gross weight and high density altitude, power available was less than power required to maintain control at low airspeed close to the ground.
Witnesses on the ground stated that ‘the approach did not look like anything out of the ordinary; it was not steep, nor shallow’. Approximately 4 m from the pad, the helicopter started to make a slow 180° turn to the right while descending. The helicopter then rapidly rotated through another 360º and ended up approximately 150 m northwest of the helipad.
The helicopter entered a Loss of Tail Rotor Effectiveness (LTE) condition and the pilot lost control of the helicopter at a low height from which recovery was not possible. The helicopter impacted the ground.


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

22-Apr-2016 17:02 harro Added
13-Aug-2018 19:59 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]

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