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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 169683
Last updated: 15 May 2020
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Date:13-JAN-2013
Time:14:40 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44
Owner/operator:SC Aero Taxi SRL
Registration: YR-PRX
C/n / msn: 12237
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Area of Stoeneşti locality, Prahova County -   Romania
Phase: Landing
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Craiova-Balta Verde Airclub
Destination airport:Şirna-SC Aero Taxi SRL Airfield (LRPH)
Narrative:
The helicopter encountered deteriorating weather while positioning back to its base at Şirna and the pilot elected to make a precautionary landing in a snow-covered field. However, on landing, the rotor down wash blew up large quantities of snow and the pilot lost visual reference with the ground. The helicopter subsequently touched down hard in deep snow and rolled over. The accident happened in daylight.

Cause of accident
The cause of the accident was the erroneous assessment of the flight conditions, which led to delay the decision to land until safety was affected, in the condition of a rapid decrease of horizontal visibility and a field covered with a snow layer.

Sources:

http://www.aias.gov.ro/images/publicatii/rapoarte-de-investigatie/2013.01.13_RF_YR-PRX_EN.pdf

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Sep-2014 19:29 Aerossurance Added
15-May-2020 17:17 KagurazakaHanayo Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-May-2020 17:18 harro Updated [Narrative, Accident report, ]
15-May-2020 17:20 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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