Accident Eurocopter AS 365N3 Dauphin 2 VT-PHZ, 28 Jun 2013
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 157322
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Time:05:25 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS65 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Eurocopter AS 365N3 Dauphin 2
Owner/operator:Pawan Hans Helicopters (PHHL)
Registration: VT-PHZ
MSN: 6923
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Harsil, Uttarakhand -   India
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Matli Helipad, Uttarakhand
Destination airport:Harsil Helipad, Uttarakhand
Investigating agency: AAIB India
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The helicopter. operating in support of flood relief, made a forced landing and tailboom was severed.

Probable cause of the Accident:
PIC while carrying out approach and landing under strong tail wind conditions, could not control the high rate of descend with the available reserve power (Max collective power). The helicopter entering into vortex ring state, becoming uncontrollable which eventually resulted into the heavy landing accident.
Deployment of cockpit crew to operate in hilly/mountainous terrain by PHL operations without requisite hill flying training/recurrent training is a contributory factor to the accident.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB India
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

28-Jun-2013 16:01 gerard57 Added
29-Jun-2013 02:15 Anon. Updated [Registration, Source, Damage]
29-Jun-2013 06:15 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Cn]
29-Jun-2013 16:46 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
01-Apr-2014 14:43 TB Updated [Operator]
23-Sep-2016 18:49 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
23-Sep-2016 18:49 Aerossurance Updated [Nature]
10-Aug-2020 07:53 KagurazakaHanayo Updated [Time, Total occupants, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-May-2023 12:17 harro Updated [Narrative, Accident report]

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