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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 23038
Last updated: 18 November 2017
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Time:2235 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 350BA Astar
Owner/operator:Northern Mountain Helicopters
Registration: C-FNMV
C/n / msn: 2836
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:10 Km South of Linares, Maule Region -   Chile
Phase: En route
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:Linares, Chile
Destination airport:Linares, Chile
On 1 March 1997, while on contract for a fire protection company, AS 350BA AStar C-FNMV crashed 10 Km south of Linares, Chile. The AStar was returning from a fire-suppression mission near Linares, Chile, when it descended and crashed, killing the pilot and three passengers. The remaining three passengers suffered minor injuries.

Witnesses on the ground watched the helicopter crash after a long descending right turn. There was no apparent attempt to level off prior to impact. According to some sources, the pilot reportedly collapsed at the controls. Registration C-FNMV cancelled 15.10.97


1. CADORS 1997P0108
2. Flight International 15-21 April 1998
3. TSB Report A97F0014

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
17-Jan-2009 10:58 harro Updated
04-Jul-2014 18:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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