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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 145092
Last updated: 15 September 2021
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Time:09:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III
Owner/operator:Transportes Aéreos Guatemaltecos
Registration: TG-BGM
MSN: 51448
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Antigua -   Guatemala
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Guatemala City-La Aurora Airport
Destination airport:Antigua Guatemala
Investigating agency: SVIA Guatemala
A Bell 206L LongRanger helicopter was conducting some aerial film work and performed at least four orbits when it crashed at some houses in Antigua.

Low altitude and low speed flight increased the risk of loss of tail rotor effectiveness and the power demand on the helicopter to maintain a slow flight.
Due to the structural design of the helicopter, the incidence of loss of control and the possible presence of gusty winds caused the loss of control of the tail rotor by precipitating it to the ground out of control.
The minimum safety altitude described in the air regulation RAC 02.119, indicates that the helicopters can be operated to less than the minimum prescribed, that implied a descent beyond the stipulated, not allowing the pilot to make a maneuver in the emergency to move away from the populated areas.
The presence of birds and impact against the aircraft affects normal flight maneuvers, although the pigeon does not have a body mass that affects the tail rotor on impact, it can contribute to the loss of effectiveness of the tail rotor, causing loss of control.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: SVIA Guatemala
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

16-Apr-2012 07:31 RobertMB Added
20-Apr-2012 20:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Jul-2016 17:04 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
25-Jun-2020 16:36 KagurazakaHanayo Updated [Time, Operator, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
25-Jun-2020 16:37 harro Updated [Narrative, Accident report, ]

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