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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 215206
Last updated: 8 June 2021
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Date:08-SEP-2018
Time:c. 08:10 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus Helicopters H125 (AS 350B3e)
Owner/operator:Altitude Air Pvt
Registration: 9N-ALS
MSN: 8264
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Meghang, Nuwakot, Dhading -   Nepal
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Samagaun, Gorkha
Destination airport:Kathmandu
Investigating agency: AAIC Nepal
Narrative:
An Airbus Helicopters H125 (AS 350B3e) helicopter crashed in Nepal while airlifting a patient along with other passengers to Kathmandu.
The Helicopter crashed in a dense forest, there was no fire on impact, bad weather condition and rugged terrain delayed the rescue team on scene. Six occupants died, a woman passenger was alive.

Probable Cause:
The probable cause of the accident was the inadvertent entry of the PIC into IMC without analyzing the geographical configuration and the density of the cloud along the route he followed. Once PIC entered into the cloud he lost his situational awareness of the terrain that
leads to the collision with the dense forest and ended with the tragic crash.
Contributing Factors
The contributing factors which lead to the accident could be the PIC's decision to follow the same direct route back to VNKT in spite of the deteriorating weather conditions and PIC's inability to assess the weather.

Sources:

https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/altitude-airs-chopper-goes-missing/
https://www.facebook.com/LoveForaviationinNepal/posts/1845709248798958?__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARAAJD9G6C1X_RMjuhye83Xsotol145OpAgZC5UVRIDMSolESlGvvVcNTe3GdrpHN2XpOcgGoDotzkDiDTt1LpugElG9kApnQgnYu67pu0NLDSkgWr5319B8btEtIVGMKBgSk6JKBfnc1m6br64GA2g8cHkJc0mpUH0VKHVZsbQ7qhO5YvvGGg&__tn__=-R
https://www.aviationnepal.com/altitude-air-9n-als-reported-to-be-found-crashed-at-dhading-with-1-survivor/
https://myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com/news/update-missing-chopper-crashes-in-dhading/?categoryId=81
https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/altitude-air-chopper-crashes-in-nuwakot-rescuers-struggle-to-reach-incident-site/
https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/altitude-helicopter-crash-kills-six-woman-passenger-survives/
http://tourism.gov.np//files/publication_files/290.pdf
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https://altitudeairnepal.com/about/our-fleet
https://thehimalayantimes.com/business/altitude-air-adds-new-airbus-chopper-fleet/

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAIC Nepal
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Download report: Final report

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
08-Sep-2018 06:21 Iceman 29 Added
08-Sep-2018 06:34 Iceman 29 Updated [Location, Photo]
08-Sep-2018 06:42 Iceman 29 Updated [Registration, Operator, Source]
08-Sep-2018 06:47 Iceman 29 Updated [Registration, Source]
08-Sep-2018 06:52 Iceman 29 Updated [Registration, Narrative]
08-Sep-2018 07:08 gerard57 Updated [Location, Source, Damage, Narrative]
08-Sep-2018 07:21 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source, Narrative]
08-Sep-2018 07:32 gerard57 Updated [Source]
08-Sep-2018 07:49 Iceman 29 Updated [Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
08-Sep-2018 08:35 harro Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Nature, Narrative]
08-Sep-2018 08:36 harro Updated [Damage, Narrative]
08-Sep-2018 10:27 Iceman 29 Updated [Total fatalities, Source, Narrative]
08-Sep-2018 10:32 Iceman 29 Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Sep-2018 10:42 gerard57 Updated [Damage]
08-Sep-2018 10:49 Iceman 29 Updated [Source]
08-Sep-2018 10:56 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
08-Sep-2018 19:55 Iceman 29 Updated [Location, Embed code, Narrative]
14-Sep-2018 10:02 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
14-Sep-2018 10:03 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
05-Jan-2020 20:43 harro Updated [Narrative, Accident report, ]
05-Jan-2020 20:55 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Embed code]
05-Jan-2020 20:58 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code]

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