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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 216070
Last updated: 13 June 2021
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Date:29-SEP-2018
Time:14:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS 350B2 Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Trans Aero
Registration: N894NA
MSN: 2904
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Ski Apache, near Ruidoso, NM -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Ambulance
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Ski Apache, NM
Narrative:
The helicopter was inbound to a high altitude landing site (c9,500ft), to pick up a patient, had a near miss with a zip wire and then suffered a high rate of descent, landed hard, bounced, slid down an embankment but stayed up right. The pilot was uninjured and the two medical personnel had minor injuries. The helicopter was recovered by road.

Sources:

FAA preliminary
https://www.krqe.com/news/new-mexico/video-helicopter-has-rough-landing-at-ski-apache/1489444477
https://abc11.com/video-shows-helicopter-making-difficult-landing-at-nm-ski-resort/4390492/
https://eu.ruidosonews.com/story/news/local/community/2018/10/05/medical-helicopter-hits-apparent-downdraft-when-landing-ski-apache-slides-down-incline-but-no-one/1533896002/ (contains several unsupported assertions)
https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20181001X50042&key=1
https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=N894NA
http://www.transaeroheli.com
http://aerossurance.com/helicopters/hems-zipwire-density-altitude/
https://data.ntsb.gov/carol-repgen/api/Aviation/ReportMain/GenerateNewestReport/98387/pdf

Media:


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Oct-2018 13:14 Aerossurance Added
06-Oct-2018 13:15 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type]
06-Oct-2018 13:16 Aerossurance Updated [Location]
09-Oct-2018 15:57 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
23-Jan-2021 12:57 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
23-Jan-2021 12:57 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative]
23-Jan-2021 13:13 Aerossurance Updated [Date, Time, Embed code]

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