Accident Eurocopter AS 365N3 Dauphin 2 EC-JDQ, 11 Jul 2021
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Date:11-JUL-2021
Time:c 02:10 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS65 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Eurocopter AS 365N3 Dauphin 2
Owner/operator:Eliance opf Servicio de Vigilancia Aduanera
Registration: EC-JDQ
MSN: 6679
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Mediterranean, E of Algeciras, Cádiz -   Spain
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Aerial patrol
Departure airport:Algeciras, Cádiz
Destination airport:Algeciras, Cádiz
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The Eurocopter AS 365N3 Dauphin 2, registration EC-JQD, was providing customs surveillance services in the area of the Strait of Gibraltar, with three people on board, a commander, co-pilot and a customs surveillance agent.
The helicopter fell into the sea in the course of an operation to intercept a vessel, suspected to be involved in drug trafficking.
The commander and co-pilot left the aircraft under their own power and rescued the customs officer when they realised that he had not surfaced.
A Customs Surveillance Service boat in the area approached the crash site and took the three occupants of the helicopter on board.
Subsequently, they were transferred as soon as possible to the port of Sotogrande (Cádiz), where the death of the Customs Surveillance Agent was confirmed.
The aircraft was salvaged by a Maritime Rescue Service vessel and transferred to the port of Algeciras (Cádiz).

Causes / Contributing Factors:
The investigation has concluded that the cause of the accident was the performance of an abrupt maneuver at low altitude and with reduced visibility, not contemplated in the Operations Manual (Operating Procedures for the Customs Surveillance Service).

Sources:

https://www.europasur.es/campo-de-gibraltar/muere-ocupante-helicoptero-aduanas-persecucion-mar_0_1591341066.html
https://www.elestrechodigital.com/2021/07/11/un-helicoptero-de-vigilancia-aduanera-cae-al-mar-frente-a-la-costa-de-sotogrande/
https://www.20minutos.es/noticia/4760469/0/muere-funcionario-servicio-vigilancia-aduanera-caer-helicoptero-estrecho/
https://www.lavanguardia.com/sucesos/20210711/7592914/mure-funcionario-aduanas-helicoptero-narcotrafico.html
https://then24.com/2021/07/11/jose-luis-the-married-customs-agent-with-children-killed-while-chasing-drug-traffickers-by-helicopter/
https://www.mitma.es/organos-colegiados/ciaiac/investigacion/2021/a-030-2021
https://aerossurance.com/helicopters/blinded-by-light-spanish-customs-as365-crashed-during-night-time-hot-pursuit/

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report
Location

Media:


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Jul-2021 13:38 gerard57 Added
11-Jul-2021 13:57 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Nature, Source, Narrative]
11-Jul-2021 13:57 Aerossurance Updated [Phase]
11-Jul-2021 13:59 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
11-Jul-2021 14:36 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
11-Jul-2021 14:38 RobertMB Updated [Narrative]
11-Jul-2021 16:13 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Narrative]
11-Jul-2021 16:52 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
11-Jul-2021 17:20 RobertMB Updated [Registration, Cn, Source, Embed code]
11-Jul-2021 17:45 RobertMB Updated [Location, Damage, Narrative]
11-Jul-2021 17:51 RobertMB Updated [Time, Narrative]
11-Jul-2021 17:51 RobertMB Updated [[Time, Narrative]]
11-Jul-2021 19:07 Aviator1977 Updated [Narrative]
12-Jul-2021 05:23 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]
12-Jul-2021 05:27 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
12-Jul-2021 07:40 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Departure airport, Destination airport]
23-Jul-2021 17:19 harro Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
30-Dec-2022 18:47 harro Updated [Narrative, Category, Accident report]
07-Jan-2023 10:44 Aerossurance Updated [Nature, Source]
07-Jan-2023 11:13 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code]
07-Jan-2023 11:15 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Embed code, Damage]

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