Wirestrike Accident Eurocopter AS 350B3 Écureuil OE-XTM,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 199101
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Date:Sunday 20 August 2017
Time:12:20 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Eurocopter AS 350B3 Écureuil
Owner/operator:Everjets, lsf Helicopter Travel Munich
Registration: OE-XTM
MSN: 7148
Year of manufacture:2010
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Cabril, Castro Daire -   Portugal
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:Armamar Heli Base
Destination airport:Armamar Heli Base
Investigating agency: GPIAAF
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The helicopter was engaged in fire fighting operations. After carrying out the second dump, it hit high voltage wires and crashed. A post-impact fire erupted. The pilot (51) trapped inside, died in the crash.

Probable causes:
The probable cause for the accident was determined as tail rotor strike with high-voltage power-line while intentionally flying at low altitude during firefighting operations.

Contributing factors:
Contributed to this accident the wildfires advancing through hilly terrain and passing below power-lines that were crossing a canyon.
The pilot focus on complete the firefighting mission, ignoring the imminent collision risk of close flying to power-lines within a complex orography.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: GPIAAF
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

20-Aug-2017 18:03 gerard57 Added
20-Aug-2017 18:24 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source]
21-Aug-2017 10:11 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
21-Aug-2017 10:14 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Narrative]
21-Aug-2017 19:34 harro Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
21-Aug-2017 19:45 harro Updated [Source]
01-Sep-2017 09:17 harro Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
10-Dec-2018 20:09 harro Updated [Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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