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Date:22-AUG-1977
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Agusta-Bell AB 206
Owner/operator:HeliSwiss
Registration: HB-XCF
MSN: 8013
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Beni-Slimane -   Algeria
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Agricultural
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
HB-XCF was based in Athens where it was flown by the Greek Col. rtd George Pantelidis. Much later the aircraft came back to Switzerland and was based at Belp. There it was repainted with a new white/orange colour scheme.

During that period the aircraft had its celebrity moment too, featuring in the sixth spy film of the James Bond series 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'.

In this film the helicopter transports James Bond (played by the Australian George Lazemby) atop the Schilthorn (at 2,970 m) where Blofeld, head of the SPECTRE (played by Telly Savalas) had established a clinical research institute.

In reality the latter construction is the famous revolving restaurant Piz Gloria which was then still under construction.

HB-XCF was subsequently purchased by Heliswiss which put it in service by April 1969. The helicopter was intensively used in Switzerland and abroad for passenger and freight transportation.

During the January 1973 overhaul it was converted into a 206B Jet Ranger II. The original turboshaft was replaced with a more powerful 298/400 kW/cv Allison 250 C-20.

On the 4th of April 1973 it was seriously damaged when its rotor blades struck terrain during an alpine flight.

The helicopter was repaired and flew again until the 22nd of September 1977. While engaged in a series of pesticide spraying flights for the FAO organisation, in the Beni-Slimane area of Algeria, the pilot was forced to land following a sudden loss of engine power. Fortunately he was not injured but the helicopter landed so heavily that it was damaged beyond repair.

Sources:

http://web.archive.org/web/20130315113429/http://www.heli-archive.ch:80/en/helicopters/focus-on-the-helicopter/agusta-bell-206a-jet-ranger/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
05-Nov-2011 09:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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