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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 174399
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Date:09-MAR-2015
Time:17:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS 350B3 Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Government of La Rioja
Registration: LQ-CGK
C/n / msn: 7041
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:5
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Villa Castelli in La Rioja province -   Argentina
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Photo/air-to-air
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Two helicopters experienced a midair collision near Villa Castelli in La Rioja province. Both aircraft were destroyed and the ten occupants of the two helicopters were fatally injured.
The two helicopters were local government operated aircraft being utilized for the filming of the French TV reality survival show Dropped.

In an operation classified as aerial work, which involved the transport of
passengers and air-air filming activity, there was an in-flight collision between
the two participating aircrafts. The collision was caused by the combination of
the following factors:
 Location of the helicopter that was filming (LQ-FJQ), from the “outside”,
in the path of both aircrafts, that significantly limited the visual contact of
the pilot who had to move forward in flight in order to film the target (LQCGK);
 Lack of a formal assessment of the safety risks for an unusual operation
(filming and flight in proximity), which prevented the identification and
analysis of the dangers inherent to that operation, and the adoption of
mitigation actions, requirement not required by the current regulations;
 Deficiencies in the operation planning that led to the accident, including
the failure of observing the “see and be seen” concept or an evasive
maneuver if visual contact is lost between both aircrafts;
 Lack of formal procedures in accordance with the nature of the
operations performed;
 The use of aircrafts whose public identification prefix does not imply
providing logistics and aerial support for filming of a completely private
nature;
 Ambiguity in the observance of regulations related to air operations of
public aircrafts;

Sources:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/67186780/ten-dead-in-double-helicopter-crash-in-argentina
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/03/10/10-dead-after-2-helicopters-crash-in-northwest-argentina.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-31809231
https://www.yahoo.com/news/2-helicopters-crash-northwest-argentina-10-dead-224126618.html?.gg_invalid=true
https://aerospotter.blogspot.de/2015/03/accidente-en-la-rioja.html
https://www.infobae.com/2015/03/10/1714935-video-asi-fue-el-accidente-helicopteros-la-rioja/ (video)
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/video-poor-communication-between-pilots-in-argentina-helicopter-409982/
http://www.bea.aero/fr/enquetes/2015/2015.semaine.11.pdf
http://aerossurance.com/news/tv-helicopter-accident/
https://www.jiaac.gob.ar/files/88-15.pdf
http://www.france24.com/en/20151217-pilot-error-crash-french-sports-stars-argentina-reality-television


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Mar-2015 05:54 Geno Added
10-Mar-2015 06:08 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Nature, Source, Narrative]
10-Mar-2015 07:08 Buffalo Joe Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source]
10-Mar-2015 07:10 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities]
10-Mar-2015 07:11 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Cn]
10-Mar-2015 14:45 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
10-Mar-2015 21:21 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
18-Mar-2015 09:22 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
17-Dec-2015 17:29 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Narrative]
17-Dec-2015 22:43 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
19-Dec-2015 12:42 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
30-Dec-2015 13:42 Aerossurance Updated [Source]

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