ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 121804
Last updated: 17 September 2014
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Date:10-APR-2011
Time:20:34 Z
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 350B2 Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Everett Aviation
Registration: 5Y-EXA
C/n / msn: 2906
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Blue Nile River, Qoncho area in the Benishangul Gumuz region -   Ethiopia
Phase: En route
Nature:Survey
Departure airport:Qoncho area in the Benishangul Gumuz region
Destination airport:
Narrative:
A helicopter with a team of experts on board has reportedly crashed into the Blue Nile River on april 12, a local an Ethiopian newspaper has reported. Following the tail strike on 10 April, the helicopter landed in a river and the airframe is partially submerged. The pilot and all 4 passengers exited safely and uninjured from the aircraft walked for 2-3 hours to a road.

Having contacted Everett Operations at 20.34Z on 10 April with their coordinates, road transport collected the group and took them to a nearby camp where there was shelter, food and water.
Having spent the night at the camp, they travelled back to the Main Camp at Kunche and are currently there resting.

Given the location and possible water damage, it is likely that the helicopter will be beyond economic repair.

Owned by a South African company, the helicopter, which took off from Qoncho area in the Benishangul Gumuz region was carrying out a feasibility study for the construction of an additional two hydro-power projects Ethiopia intends to launch on the Nile River.

“It flew into a cable spanning across the river used by locals to cross the gorge that is riverbed, according to sources”, the Reporter newspaper said on April 18.

“The pilot and all five experts on-board performing the studies swam to safety and emerged unharmed.”

Sources:
1. http://www.sudantribune.com/Ethiopia-Surveying-helicopter,38626
2. http://www.heliopsforum.com/index.php?threads/everett-aviation-crashes-as350b2.699/
3. http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=412339 (photo)
4. http://www.planes.cz/en/photo/1047986/as350b2-squirell-5y-exa-private-off-airport/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
20-Apr-2011 03:34 gerard57 Added
20-Apr-2011 05:31 RobertMB Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
08-Aug-2014 20:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
08-Aug-2014 20:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
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