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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 55054
Last updated: 26 May 2017
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Date:09-APR-2001
Time:15:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PUMA model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Westland Puma HC.1 (SA 330E)
Owner/operator:Royal Air Force (RAF)
Registration: XW200
C/n / msn: 1048/F9747
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Kacanik -   Kosovo
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:pick up point
Destination airport:Pristina, Kosovo
Narrative:
Shortly after take-off after collecting the patrol the helicopter inadvertently entered cloud and the pilot elected to reduce height to attempt to regain visual contact with the ground.

However, the helicopter was now over a steep valley and descended some 1,200 feet until the pilot suddenly saw trees in front of him. He pitched the helicopter up 'sharply' and then leveled off. The helicopter then began to settle and struck trees on the valley side with little forward motion about 1,400 feet below the elevation of the pick up point. The flight had lasted about three minutes.

Sources:

1. http://mod.uk/NR/rdonlyres/9C917E52-F6DB-475D-AEB2-8ECE547B750D/0/maas01_03_puma_hc1_xw200_09apr01.pdf
2. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-2001.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Mar-2009 11:54 harro Updated
24-Feb-2010 02:13 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Source]
02-Jul-2011 00:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Source]
03-Jan-2012 04:56 Uli Elch Updated [Operator, Source]
03-Jan-2012 04:56 Uli Elch Updated [Departure airport, Source]
04-Jun-2012 04:00 TB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
02-May-2016 19:53 harro Updated [Country]
09-Dec-2016 23:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Mar-2017 13:55 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]

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