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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 186957
Last updated: 13 September 2021
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Date:05-MAY-2016
Time:c. 16:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS 350B3e Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Skyline Aviation
Registration: RP-C6828
MSN: 7602
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Batang Lupar River, near Sebuyau, Sarawak, Borneo -   Malaysia
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Betong, Sarawak
Destination airport:Kuching, Sarawak
Investigating agency: AAIB Malaysia
Narrative:
Went missing in deteriorating weather with 6 onboard. 4 VIPs onboard including one government minister. The flight departed at 4.12pm and made its last radio communication at 4.32pm. Debris were found near the Batang Lupar river in Sebuyau the next morning. The debris comprised a rotor blade, a floatation device, part of the fuselage, a door and a seat.

Investigation issued 8 June 2017: Disorientation while flying low over water in degraded weather conditions. Three safety recommendations were raised.

Probable Cause
The most probable cause of the accident is the inability of the pilot to use all available informationís to make the correct decision, so as not to make the flight susceptible to disorientation when flying over water at low altitude in bad weather with limited visibility.

Sources:

https://www.malaymail.com/malaysia/article/sarawak-police-no-sign-missing-helicopter-made-safe-landing_
https://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/05/143757/missing-heli-last-known-location-over-swampy-coastal-area-zahid
http://www.rotorspot.nl/current/rp-c.php
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2016/05/05/copter-carrying-vips-goes-missing-in-sarawak/
https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/8226582
http://www.mysinchew.com/node/114030
https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/05/06/missing-copter-debris/
https://asianews.network/content/body-woman-found-sarawak-copter-crash-site-16230
http://www.crash-aerien.aero/pictures/640-5931_03ad04915b28056fc40791dae4e4a0c7.jpg
Ascend
https://www.bea.aero/en/investigation-reports/notified-events/detail/event/collision-avec-le-sol-par-conditions-meteorologiques-degradees/
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2017/06/247203/pilot-error-weather-likely-caused-sg-batang-lupar-helicopter-crash
http://www.mot.gov.my/SiteCollectionDocuments/kemalangan%20udara/laporan%20akhir%20kemalangan%20udara%20helikopter%20RPC6878.pdf
https://www.mot.gov.my/en/AAIB%20Statistic%20%20Accident%20Report%20Document/A%200516%20RP-C6828.pdf

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

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-May-2016 17:23 Aerossurance Added
05-May-2016 17:27 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
05-May-2016 20:05 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source]
05-May-2016 21:43 Geno Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-May-2016 07:16 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Damage, Narrative]
06-May-2016 07:17 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type]
06-May-2016 07:20 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
06-May-2016 07:28 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
06-May-2016 08:06 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Narrative]
06-May-2016 14:32 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Photo, ]
06-May-2016 15:51 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
12-May-2016 16:02 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
10-Jun-2017 09:14 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
10-Jun-2017 09:16 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
10-Jun-2017 09:22 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Narrative]
09-Apr-2021 18:18 KagurazakaHanayo Updated [Source, Narrative]
09-Apr-2021 18:21 harro Updated [Embed code, Accident report]

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