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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 140544
Last updated: 26 September 2017
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Date:27-JUN-1980
Time:13:57
Type:Aérospatiale SA 315B Lama
Owner/operator:Heli-Services (Hong Kong)
Registration: VR-HHS
C/n / msn: 2532
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:nr Tsuen Wan, New Territories -   Hong Kong
Phase: En route
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Site 78
Destination airport:Pad 7
Narrative:
The helicopter, with two people on board, took off from a construction site to return to a landing pad where the pilot intended to shut down and await the passing of a heavy storm which was fast approaching the area from the south-west. En-route to the pad the helicopter was overtaken by the weather and the pilot reported he could no longer see the pad and would go and land elsewhere. This was the last contact with the helicopter which crashed shortly afterwards killing both occupants. The helicopter was destroyed by the impact.
The accident occurred most probably because the pilot became disorientated when he lost visual contact with the surface, due either to the very heavy rain storm or to the inside of the canopy becoming fogged up when the outside air temperature dropped markedly in the rain.

Sources:

http://ebook.lib.hku.hk/HKG/B35832915.pdf


Revision history:

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25-Dec-2011 13:15 harro Added

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