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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 169557
Last updated: 11 June 2019
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Date:05-SEP-2014
Time:18:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44 Raven I
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N60JD
C/n / msn: 1294
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Roeselare -   Belgium
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Roeselare
Destination airport:Kortrijk-Wevelgem airfield (EBKT)
Investigating agency: AAIU Belgium
Narrative:
Both pilots were friends and had a special interest in car racing; the passenger had his son competing in the rally ‘ConXioN Tour of Flanders‘ that day.
Both pilots met on the Kortrijk-Wevelgem airfield (EBKT) for a flight above the race track, ending by the gathering in the exposition hall of Roeselare.
The helicopter was sighted taking off again around 18.00 UTC from an open field close to the exposition hall. The helicopter flew above the building of the exposition hall when witnesses heard a sudden decrease in the rotor/engine sound frequency.
The helicopter fell vertically to the ground and crashed on a car parking lot. The helicopter caught fire.
Both occupants were killed.

Cause(s).
The accident was caused by the engine stoppage at low height and low airspeed caused by one of the crew mistakenly pulling the mixture control knob to the cut-off position when trying to pull the carburetor heat control knob.
The post-impact fire was caused by the rupture of the fuel tanks and subsequent leakingof fuel on the hot parts of the engine or damaged electrical components.

Contributing factor(s)
The following contributing factors were identified
- Non-compliance with the minimum required altitude when flying above crowded area.
- Time pressure
- The fuel bladder tanks were not installed. [safety issue]
- The guard to be placed around of the mixture control (although efficient when installed and covered by the POH procedures) can be removed. [safety issue]

Sources:

http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws/regio/westvlaanderen/1.2079944
https://www.helispot.be/hs/page/detail.asp?oid=b4E2j9b2&sub=logboek

Accident investigation:
cover
  
Investigating agency: AAIU Belgium
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 7 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Sep-2014 19:38 harro Added
05-Sep-2014 20:36 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
06-Sep-2014 15:04 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code]
06-Sep-2014 18:18 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
25-Apr-2018 19:32 harro Updated [Nature, Destination airport, Narrative]

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