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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 211445
Last updated: 13 June 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aerospatiale AS 350B2 Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Coastal Helicopters
Registration: N288CH
MSN: 2383
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Deception Hills, near Yakutat, AK -   United States of America
Phase: Standing
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Deception Hills, AK
Destination airport:Juneau, AK
During startup with 3 POB, Coastal Helicopters, N288CH was caught by a wind gust that caused the main rotor to impact the tail rotor drive shaft, resulting in substantial damage.
Company VFR flight plan, Pt 135 operation. The aircraft was preparing to depart a hilltop at Deception Hills, ESE of Yakutat for destination of Juneau.

Probable cause: The helicopter's movement during startup in gusting wind conditions, which resulted in the main rotor striking the tailboom.



Revision history:

25-May-2018 16:14 harro Added
28-Jan-2019 08:01 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]

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