Accident Mil Mi-8AMT RA-22472, 09 Mar 2013
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Time:10:20 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic MI8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Mil Mi-8AMT
Registration: RA-22472
MSN: 39-10
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:20 km south-west of Bukavu, South Kivu, DRC -   Congo (Democratic Republic)
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Shabunda - FZMW
Destination airport:Bukavu - BKY/FZMA
Investigating agency: BPEA DR Congo
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The helicopter crashed in a mountainous area under conditions heavy rain. On charter to UN as UNO-853.

Probable causes
Improper decision making to continue flight in adverse weather conditions for visual flight rules (VFR) flight in reduced visibility.
Causal Factors: Human
- The crew did not follow the VFR procedures required by existing regulations;
- The crew had not complied with the regulatory instructions requiring them to turn 180° from the departure airport, that is, to land and wait for improved visibility to begin the flight in VFR conditions;
- The crew had cleared flight level Fl 095 by a gradual descent over the mountain ranges in poor visibility conditions without being able to inform ATC during the approach to the Bukavu station ;
- The crew's actions could not prevent collision with the terrain;
- At a height of 2,650 metres, the helicopter had collided with the terrain.

Sources: (place of crash)

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BPEA DR Congo
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

10-Mar-2013 03:39 krasatpi Added
10-Mar-2013 06:21 Anon. Updated [Location]
10-Mar-2013 08:09 gerard57 Updated [Country, Source]
10-Mar-2013 11:55 krasatpi Updated [Source]
11-Mar-2013 01:04 Geno Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
03-Jul-2015 11:12 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
08-Jul-2020 17:45 harro Updated [Narrative, Accident report, ]

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