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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 176277
Last updated: 25 April 2019
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Time:09:05 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 350B2 Ecureuil
Owner/operator:OAS Limited
Registration: 5N-BHU
C/n / msn: 3146
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ovwian, Aladja, Delta State -   Nigeria
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Lagos-Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS/DNMM)
Destination airport:Port Harcourt Airport (PHC/DNPO)
Investigating agency: AIB Nigeria
The helicopter flew into some high tension cables and crashed. One occupant died immediately, another died later in hospital.

Causal Factor
The pilot’s decision to conduct the flight under a Special Visual
Flight Rule (SVFR) in an Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) as depicted by the weather forecast.
Contributory Factors
1. The pilot’s descent from 500ft without a clear visual reference.
2. The pilot was not instrument rated.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AIB Nigeria
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

22-May-2015 09:48 gerard57 Added
18-Apr-2018 14:09 harro Updated [Time, Cn, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]

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