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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 30385
Last updated: 15 November 2020
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Time:19:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B430 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 430
Owner/operator:Tavistock Aviation
Registration: LV-ZPV
C/n / msn: 49038
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:30 km from Bariloche (SAZS) -   Argentina
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Aeropuerto de San Carlos de Bariloche
Destination airport:Lago Escondido
Investigating agency: JIAAC Argentina
Flew into side of a hill near Cerro Colorado in dusk and poor weather. Wreckage found 60 hours later.

Crash into a mountainside during a transfer flight, having continued in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC), the flight initiated according to visual flight rules (VFR)
Contributing factors:
- Little experience in flying over a mountainous area.
- Adverse weather conditions for flying between hills under visual flight rules.
- Diminished luminosity because of the overcast sky, time near sunset between mountains and shadows in the valleys.
- Not using all the complete equipment available in the helicopter.
- The rush factor that prevented proper planning and the obstinacy to make the flight even with the weather conditions found in the mountain.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: JIAAC Argentina
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
17-Jan-2009 11:46 harro Updated
30-Nov-2012 13:08 TB Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
16-May-2020 07:00 KagurazakaHanayo Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
16-May-2020 07:02 harro Updated [Nature, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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