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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153927
Last updated: 27 July 2020
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Date:09-MAR-2013
Time:10:20 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic MI8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Mil Mi-8AMT
Owner/operator:UTair
Registration: RA-22472
C/n / msn: 39-10
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:20 km south-west of Bukavu, South Kivu, DRC -   Democratic Republic of the Congo
Phase: En route
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Shabunda - FZMW
Destination airport:Bukavu - BKY/FZMA
Investigating agency: BPEA DR Congo
Narrative:
The helicopter crashed in a mountainous area under conditions heavy rain. On charter to UN as UNO-853.


Probable causes
Improper decision making to continue flight in adverse weather conditions for visual flight rules (VFR) flight in reduced visibility.
Causal Factors: Human
- The crew did not follow the VFR procedures required by existing regulations;
- The crew had not complied with the regulatory instructions requiring them to turn 180 from the departure airport, that is, to land and wait for improved visibility to begin the flight in VFR conditions;
- The crew had cleared flight level Fl 095 by a gradual descent over the mountain ranges in poor visibility conditions without being able to inform ATC during the approach to the Bukavu station ;
- The crew's actions could not prevent collision with the terrain;
- At a height of 2,650 metres, the helicopter had collided with the terrain.

Sources:

https://heli.utair.ru/news/7899270.html
https://www.newsru.com/world/10mar2013/mi8found.html
http://www.scenereleases.eu/four-feared-dead-as-piece-of-missing-un-helicopter-found-in-dr-congo/
http://content.foto.mail.ru/mail/new_kiss/99/s-116.jpg (place of crash)
http://spotters.net.ua/file/?id=45176
https://mak-iac.org/russian/investigations/2013/report_ra-22472.pdf

Accident investigation:
cover
  
Investigating agency: BPEA DR Congo
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Mar-2013 03:39 krasatpi Added
10-Mar-2013 06:21 Anon. Updated [Location]
10-Mar-2013 08:09 gerard57 Updated [Country, Source]
10-Mar-2013 11:55 krasatpi Updated [Source]
11-Mar-2013 01:04 Geno Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
03-Jul-2015 11:12 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
08-Jul-2020 17:45 harro Updated [Narrative, Accident report, ]

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