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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 223712
Last updated: 4 January 2020
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Time:mid afternoo
Type:Silhouette image of generic BK17 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter EC 145 (BK 117 C-2)
Owner/operator:Sécurité Civile / French government
Registration: F-ZBQK
C/n / msn: 9372
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Schoelcher -   Martinique
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport (TFFF/FDF)
Destination airport:Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport (TFFF/FDF)
A Eurocopter EC145 (BK117-C2) hit three high voltage power lines near the shoreline of Schoelcher, Martinique, during a rescue operation

The CRW had just winched up a person out of the sea from a boat apx. 150m offshore.
Rescue-diver and the casualty were hanging on the winch apx. 5 m below the helicopter, when it flew into the power lines.
Huge sparks arised from the front radar-dome as well as from the winch-housing on the right hand side. The winch-cable released and both persons fell down into the water, but swimmed safely to shore.

The helicopter, callsign "Dragon 972", operated by the Sécurité Civile, French government, civil-protection-branch, managed to land safely.

Sources: (photo)


Photo of F-ZBQK courtesy

Perpignan - Rivesaltes (LFMP / PGF)
4 August 2011; (c) T.Laurent

Revision history:

05-Apr-2019 14:20 Medevac Added
05-Apr-2019 16:30 Medevac Updated [Time, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
05-Apr-2019 17:13 Anon. Updated [Time, Aircraft type]
06-Apr-2019 08:30 gerard57 Updated [Total fatalities, Other fatalities]
07-Apr-2019 00:22 Geno Updated [Registration, Cn, Source]
07-Apr-2019 07:22 HeliNews Updated [Registration, Cn]
07-Apr-2019 19:57 RobertMB Updated [Total occupants, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
07-Apr-2019 20:08 RobertMB Updated [Time, Narrative]

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