Hard landing Incident Eurocopter AS 350B2 Ecureuil C-FZTA, 06 Oct 1998
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 33320
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Time:01:40 UTCulu
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Eurocopter AS 350B2 Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Questral Helicopters
Registration: C-FZTA
MSN: 2604
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Ouarzazate, Ouarzazate Province in the Souss-Massa-Drâa -   Morocco
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Ouarzazate, Morocco
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
C-FZTA was substantially damaged 6 October 1998 when crashed in a "hard forced landing" near Ouarzazate, Ouarzazate Province in the Souss-Massa-Drâa, Morocco. While conducting a survey flight, the Aerospatiale AS 350 B-2 pilot heard a grinding noise and moments later observed a chip light accompanied with a high oil pressure reading. The sling load was dropped and, while attempting to auto-rotate the helicopter onto a highway, the aircraft landed hard.

The tail boom detached, the landing gear spread and, as the helicopter nosed forward, the windshield shattered. The aircraft came to rest in an upright position. The pilot and survey technician were not injured.


1. CADORS 1998O0739
2. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/publications/tp202-2-99-493-3280.htm:] TSB REPORT A98F0045
3. https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1999/1999%20-%201061.html
4. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://coptercrazy.brinkster.net/search/se350show.asp?start=1601&count=50]
5. https://flickr.com/photos/cdnavspotter/8417347549/
6. http://www.rotorspot.nl/historic/c-1.php


Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
24-Jun-2014 19:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
06-Jul-2014 15:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]

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