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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 231137
Last updated: 1 July 2020
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Date:04-DEC-2019
Time:19:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS 350B2 Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Helinet Aviation Services LLC opf ABC7
Registration: N71HD
C/n / msn: 3849
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:over Los Angeles, CA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Photo/air-to-air
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
An AS 350B2 news helicopter, AIR7 HD, suffered an in-flight collision with an object, believed to be a drone, while flying over downtown Los Angeles.
The pilot made a forced landing. Damage was observed to the leading edge of the right-hand horizontal stabilizer.
The helicopter was flying at an altitude of around 1100 feet.

Probable Cause: an inflight collision with a hard object of polycarbonate construction, with size and features consistent with that of a small UAS (drone).

Sources:

https://abc7.com/air7-struck-by-drone-over-downtown-la-makes-precautionary-landing/5734727/
http://aerossurance.com/helicopters/drone-helicopter-mac-la/
ASN Drone Database: https://aviation-safety.net/database/issue/dronedb.php
https://app.ntsb.gov/pdfgenerator/ReportGeneratorFile.ashx?EventID=20191205X95005&AKey=1&RType=HTML&IType=IA


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Dec-2019 08:08 harro Added
05-Dec-2019 08:14 harro Updated [Source, Embed code]
05-Dec-2019 08:40 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type]
05-Dec-2019 10:11 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
05-Dec-2019 13:41 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
05-Dec-2019 21:10 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
01-Jul-2020 15:37 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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