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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 238941
Last updated: 11 May 2021
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Time:15:25 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus Helicopters H125 (AS 350B3e)
Owner/operator:Société LEI MOA
Registration: F-HJSC
MSN: 8755
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Nīmes Garons Airport -   France
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Annecy-Mont Blanc Airport (NCY/LFLP)
Destination airport:Nīmes-Garons Airport (FNI/LFTW)
Investigating agency: BEA
The helicopter took off from Annecy Airport, France, with four passengers for a private flight to Dieulefit where one of the passengers was dropped off. The flight continued to Nīmes-Garons Airport.
Passing 1100 ft on the descent, about 5 NM northeast of Nīmes-Garons, the helicopter struck a bird that broke the canopy. The passenger sitting in the front left seat was injured and bleeding heavily. The bird probably hit him in the chest and splinters from the canopy caused head injuries. The pilot was not injured.
After the impact on the rear wall, the bird fell back on the controls.
The pilot monitored the engine parameters which remained nominal. He declared an emergency to the Nīmes controller and requested assistance on arrival.
The pilot was cleared to land on runway 18 by the controller. In order to minimize the time for the passenger to be picked up by the emergency services, he informed the controller that he planned to land directly on parking position P5. The landing took place without any problems and the passenger was evacuated.

The bird was identified as a red kite (0.8-1.3 kg)


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report


Photo: BEA

Revision history:

01-Aug-2020 11:44 harro Added
02-Dec-2020 20:51 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type]
16-Dec-2020 09:59 harro Updated [Time, Operator, Total occupants, Nature, Departure airport, Narrative, Accident report, Photo]
25-Dec-2020 13:00 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative, Plane category, Accident report]
30-Dec-2020 10:09 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Accident report]

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