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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 89226
Last updated: 23 November 2017
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 350B2 Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Turbowest Helicopters Ltd.
Registration: C-FBTW
C/n / msn: 2707
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Cody, Park County, Wyoming -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Yellowstone Airport Cody, Wyoming (COD/KCOD)
Destination airport:Cody, Wyoming
Investigating agency: NTSB
The Aerospatiale AS 350 B-2 helicopter was operating near Cody, Wyoming and was fitted with a seismic bag retrieval and deployment carousel, a 120 foot lightweight synthetic longline, and was being utilized to transport seismic equipment bags. The pilot had set the carousel down on the seismic line and was intending to land beside it, without releasing the longline. During manoeuvring prior to touchdown, the tail rotor struck the longline and the tail rotor drive shaft sheared due to overload. The helicopter landed on top of the bag carousel during the ensuing forced landing, and the tail rotor, tail boom and lower fuselage sustained substantial damage. The pilot was uninjured.


1. CADORS 2001C1108

Revision history:

19-Jan-2011 15:58 slowkid Added
29-Jun-2014 22:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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