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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 182675
Last updated: 16 August 2021
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Date:23-DEC-2015
Time:13:06 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS 350B3 Ecureuil
Owner/operator:CoyotAir
Registration: EC-KSL
MSN: 4359
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:near La Roza, Parres,NW of Asturies -   Spain
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Narrative:
The helicopter crashed and burst into flames in a forest. The pilot, the sole occupant on board, was found dead when rescuers arrived at the scene.

Causes / Contributing Factors:
The cause of the crash of the EC-KSL helicopter was a controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) in a degraded visual environment. These environmental conditions caused the pilot to lose his ability to orient himself with respect to the terrain and to make a sudden maneuver of altitude loss until it hit the ground.

Contributing factors:
potential pilot concern about the position of the other helicopter and possible impact on flight with the helicopter,
the coordinating task of incorporating the helicopter into a new work area, and
difficulties in communicating with the other helicopter probably by terrain.

Sources:

http://www.fomento.es/NR/rdonlyres/A1B4348D-007F-4D09-A43D-7E8A7AED08C7/143661/2015_036_A.pdf
https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/helicopter-crashes-fighting-wildfire-in-spain-pilot-dead-1258370
https://www.thinkspain.com/news-spain/26854/asturias-forest-fire-helicopter-pilot-dies-in-crash
http://www.europapress.es/asturias/noticia-muere-piloto-helicoptero-siniestrado-parres-20151223135335.html
www.fomento.es
[LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.fomento.gob.es/MFOM/LANG_CASTELLANO/ORGANOS_COLEGIADOS/CIAIAC/INVESTIGACION/2015/036_2015.htm]
http://www.bea.aero/fr/enquetes/2015/2015.semaine.53.pdf

Accident investigation:
cover
  
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report
Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation REC 13/17 issued by CIAIAC to CoyotAir
Safety recommendation REC 14/17 issued by CIAIAC to SEPA


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-Dec-2015 18:35 Iceman 29 Added
29-Dec-2015 08:14 Fusko Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Source]
29-Dec-2015 16:55 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Narrative]
31-Dec-2015 15:04 CTYONE Updated [Registration, Cn, Source]
05-Jan-2016 18:13 rotorspot Updated [Source]
07-Jan-2016 07:00 Alpine Flight Updated [Aircraft type]
19-Jun-2017 11:39 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Narrative]
21-Jun-2017 18:42 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]
23-Sep-2020 17:10 harro Updated [Source, Accident report, ]

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