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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 210044
Last updated: 20 September 2021
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Time:05:47 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206L-4 LongRanger IV
Owner/operator:Breaker Flight (Pty) Ltd (owner)
Registration: ZS-REG
MSN: 52030
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Polokwane -   South Africa
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Farm Snymansdrift, East of Kuschke Nature Reserve
Destination airport:Farm Snymansdrift, East of Kuschke Nature Reserve
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
On 28 April 2018, a Bell 206L-4 with 6 passengers was flown on a scenic flight over hilly terrain in the Kuschke Nature Reserve, Limpopo. The weather was fine, with no wind present and reported mist to the north-east. According to the pilot, after speed reduction for completion of sightseeing, a right turn was initiated by applying power and the right anti-torque pedal. As the helicopter turned right, it swung violently to the right and entered into a spiral dive. It was not possible to sustain normal flight. The helicopter, after completing 3 full revolutions, impacted the dense bushy terrain. The pilot further stated that he regained some control close to the ground, but a crash landing was unavoidable. The helicopter impacted the hilly terrain and broke into 3 pieces (fuselage, tail boom and tail rotor) and came to rest on its port side facing a magnetic heading of 300˚ by the cockpit magnetic compass. The helicopter sustained damage to the main rotor and tail rotor blades and severed the tail boom from the main fuselage. All occupants sustained minor injuries.

Probable Cause:
The helicopter was abruptly maneuvered to the right at low speed, resulting in the tail rotor system moving to the left at a high rate affecting the airflow on the tail rotor, which resulted in a Loss of Tail Rotor effectiveness (LTE).

Contributing factors were the following:
- The aircraft was operating very close to MAUW parameters
- The pilotís lack of experience (total flying hours in type: 41,0 hours)


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year 1 month
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

28-Apr-2018 16:26 Anon. Added
28-Apr-2018 16:29 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Phase, Nature, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
29-Apr-2018 07:18 Anon. Updated [Embed code, Damage]
01-Jun-2019 07:24 harro Updated [Time, Operator, Total occupants, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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