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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 181584
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Date:22-NOV-2015
Time:11:02 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B JetRanger II
Owner/operator:Emerald Pacific Airlines
Registration: B-31127
C/n / msn: 4542
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:8nm SW of Taipei Songshan Airport, New Taipei City, Banqiao District -   Taiwan
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:SU
Departure airport:Linkou
Destination airport:Linkou
Narrative:
The Bell 206 helicopter, took off from a temporary heliport site of Dong Ming Street, Linkou District, New Taipei City with one captain and one water cannon operator aboard to conduct the power line insulators cleaning operation. The helicopter collided with the power cables nearby during maneuvering after finishing the insulators cleaning work at one of the power transmission tower, resulted in the main rotor and the tail section pulled off from the fuselage and crashed into the farm land. The helicopter sustained totally destroy and the flight crew on board were fatally injuries.

Findings related to probable causes:
1. After completion of the insulators cleaning work on Tower #24, the flight crew did not keep sufficient situation awareness to the condition of the obstacles near the operating environment. As a result, the aircraft collided with the nearby power transmission cable at the time of departure and crashed.
2. Standard operation procedures regarding the standard call and conformation may not be followed by the flight crew during the operational and departure phase. The water cannon operator may also not assist the captain in inspecting nearby terrain and obstacles.

Findings related to risk:
1. The crew resource management (CRM) training of Emerald Pacific Airlines did not have the practical trainings which were based on standard operating procedures (SOP).
2. The Emerald Pacific Airlines flight manual did not specify the detailed procedures related to the entry and departure, operating techniques and the mission abort criteria of the insulator cleaning operations, which affected the safety of operation.

Eleven safety recommendations were raised.

Sources:

https://www.asc.gov.tw/main_en/docDetail.aspx?uid=318&pid=318&docid=787
https://en.annahar.com/article/286572-helicopter-crash-in-taiwan-kills-2-on-board
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2015-11/22/content_22508963.htm
http://english.cri.cn/12394/2015/11/22/4021s905252.htm
http://www.rotorspot.nl/current/b-2-c.php
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201511220010.aspx
https://skrzydla.org/photos/2014-11-14/321204.jpg
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Emerald-Pacific-Airlines/Bell-206B-JetRanger/1826265/L?sid=b20bb586d81bb0db0fadda99f81ebcc8
https://www.asc.gov.tw/main_en/docaccident.aspx?uid=343&pid=296&acd_no=203

Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation ASC-ASR-16-12-001 issued 9 December 2016 by ASC to Emerald Pacific Airline
Safety recommendation ASC-ASR-16-12-002 issued 9 December 2016 by ASC to Emerald Pacific Airline
Safety recommendation ASC-ASR-16-12-003 issued 9 December 2016 by ASC to Emerald Pacific Airline
Safety recommendation ASC-ASR-16-12-004 issued 9 December 2016 by ASC to Emerald Pacific Airline
Safety recommendation ASC-ASR-16-12-005 issued 9 December 2016 by ASC to Emerald Pacific Airline
Safety recommendation ASC-ASR-16-12-006 issued 9 December 2016 by ASC to Civil Aeronautics Administration
Safety recommendation ASC-ASR-16-12-007 issued 9 December 2016 by ASC to Civil Aeronautics Administration
Safety recommendation ASC-ASR-16-12-008 issued 9 December 2016 by ASC to Civil Aeronautics Administration
Safety recommendation ASC-ASR-16-12-009 issued 9 December 2016 by ASC to Civil Aeronautics Administration
Safety recommendation ASC-ASR-16-12-010 issued 9 December 2016 by ASC to Civil Aeronautics Administration
Safety recommendation ASC-ASR-16-12-011 issued 9 December 2016 by ASC to Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-Nov-2015 17:22 Geno Added
22-Nov-2015 17:31 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
23-Nov-2015 19:35 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Source, Narrative]
31-Jan-2016 12:09 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Total occupants, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Dec-2016 07:40 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]
05-Feb-2017 12:41 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative]

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