Accident Aérospatiale SA 365N Dauphin 2 VT-ELC,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 31078
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Date:Sunday 25 May 1997
Time:22:47 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS65 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Aérospatiale SA 365N Dauphin 2
Owner/operator:Pawan Hans Helicopters (PHHL)
Registration: VT-ELC
MSN: 6212
Year of manufacture:1986
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Sagar Jyoti Rig, off Mumbai -   India
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:ICW offshore installation
Destination airport:Sagar Jyoti offshore installation
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
The helicopter was operating between the WIS platform and the Sagar Jyoti rig off Mumbai. When about 1 km from the rig, the helicopter suddenly turned to the left, lost height and crashed into the sea. The accident happened in darkness (22:47 Local time). The accident was attributed to the pilot becoming disoriented while flying over the sea at night.

The approach to the rig had been unstabilised and at a low height. As the helicopter neared the rig the pilot attempted to regain the correct approach profile and, as a result, lost visual reference.


1. Flight International 15-21 April 1998

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
07-Dec-2010 14:05 harro Updated [Date, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
07-Dec-2010 14:06 harro Updated [Other fatalities]
13-Apr-2012 13:11 TB Updated [Operator]
14-Apr-2012 07:07 TB Updated [Operator]
16-Dec-2012 11:50 TB Updated [Date, Time, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
16-Dec-2012 11:51 TB Updated [Aircraft type]
25-Nov-2015 10:59 TB Updated [Operator]
01-May-2016 17:44 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
28-Nov-2016 23:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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