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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 237858
Last updated: 30 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AS55 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 355F1 Ecureuil II
Owner/operator:J B D Enterprises Inc
Registration: N708AC
C/n / msn: 5167
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Rifle, Garfield County, CO -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
On July 11, 2020, at 0734 mountain daylight time, an Aerospatiale AS355F1 helicopter, N708AC, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Rifle, Colorado. The pilot and passenger sustained serious injuries. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 aerial observation flight.

According to the operator, their flight tracking program showed that the helicopter depart the Rifle Garfield County Airport (RIL), Rifle, Colorado, and was en route to perform a low altitude aerial observation flight of transmission/power lines. The flight track ended near the accident location after a 3 to 4 minute flight about one mile southwest of RIL. Witnesses, located on a distant roadway, reportedly observed the helicopter spinning before it turned nose-down and then impacted terrain. Local law enforcement stated that a postimpact fire consumed a majority of the helicopter.

Sources:,P95_LOC_CITY_NAME,P95_REGIST_NBR:11-JUL-20,RIFLE,N708AC (photo)

Revision history:

11-Jul-2020 19:45 Geno Added
11-Jul-2020 19:45 Geno Updated [Phase, Nature]
11-Jul-2020 19:53 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
12-Jul-2020 13:54 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type]
12-Jul-2020 13:54 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
13-Jul-2020 18:22 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
14-Jul-2020 07:23 RobertMB Updated [Narrative]
18-Jul-2020 12:01 Captain Adam Updated [Source, Narrative]

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