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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 44611
Last updated: 17 March 2020
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Time:12:08 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44 Astro
Owner/operator:S.G.C Saga Koukuu Company
Registration: JA44RH
C/n / msn: 0268
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ariake Sea, near Saga Prefecture -   Japan
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Nagasaki Airport, Nagasaki, Japan (RJFU)
Destination airport:Saga Airport, Kawasoe area, Saga, Saga Prefecture, Japan (RJFS)
On December 24, 2004, at 12:08 UTC (Universal Coordinated Time), a Robinson R44 helicopter, JA44RH, was destroyed when it departed cruise flight and impacted the Ariake Sea near Saga, Japan. The commercial pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. The helicopter was operated by S.G.C Saga Koukuu Company under the provisions of the Japanese civil aviation regulations. The flight departed Nagasaki, Japan, at 11:47 UTC, and was destined for Saga Airport, Kawasoe area of Saga, Saga Prefecture, Japan.


1. NTSB Identification: LAX05WA072 at

Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
18-Feb-2012 15:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]
06-Jun-2014 16:12 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Source, Damage, Narrative]
03-Sep-2016 00:00 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
20-Oct-2018 21:43 Dr.John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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