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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 55054
Last updated: 26 February 2017
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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:33 Sqdn, 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, 30 miles S of Pristina -   Kosovo
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Pick Up Point near Kacanik, Kosovo
Destination airport:Pristina, Kosovo
During operations in Kosovo it was been sent to pick up a patrol near to the Kosovo/Macedonian border in the Kacanik area. During its approach to land the Missile Warning System falsely activated and fired some flares. One of the flares scorched the clothing of a soldier on the ground and it was decided to evacuate him to hospital.

The helicopter, which was based at Pristina, had been tasked to pick up a patrol from a remote location in high mountainous terrain. 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.

The accident happened in daylight (15:45 hurs Local time) but in poor weather with reduced visibility in light snow and fog. Of the seven persons on board (three crew and four troops), two crew were killed; one of the troops picked up was seriously injured, the other three sustained slight injuries. The wreckage was recovered to the UK, and transferred to RAF Shawbury



Revision history:

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]

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