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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 140544
Last updated: 11 April 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic LAMA model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale SA 315B Lama
Owner/operator:Heli-Services (Hong Kong)
Registration: VR-HHS
C/n / msn: 2532
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Tsuen Wan, New Territories -   Hong Kong
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Site 78
Destination airport:Pad 7
The helicopter, with two people on board, took off from a construction site to return to a landing pad where the pilot intended to shut down and await the passing of a heavy storm which was fast approaching the area from the south-west. En-route to the pad the helicopter was overtaken by the weather and the pilot reported he could no longer see the pad and would go and land elsewhere. This was the last contact with the helicopter which crashed shortly afterwards killing both occupants (35/42). The helicopter was destroyed by the impact.
The accident occurred most probably because the pilot became disorientated when he lost visual contact with the surface, due either to the very heavy rain storm or to the inside of the canopy becoming fogged up when the outside air temperature dropped markedly in the rain.

The Straits Times 2 July 1980, p12

Revision history:

25-Dec-2011 13:15 harro Added
24-Feb-2019 15:21 TB Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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