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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 44611
Last updated: 20 November 2017
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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
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ariake Sea, near Saga Prefecture -   Japan
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Nagasaki
Destination airport:Saga
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.


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]

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