Accident Airbus Helicopters H125 (AS 350B3e) G-HKCN, 10 May 2017
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Time:21:25 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Airbus Helicopters H125 (AS 350B3e)
Owner/operator:HQ Aviation Ltd
Registration: G-HKCN
MSN: 8219
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Port of Bergen, Hordaland -   Norway
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Bergen-Flesland Airport (BGO/ENBR)
Destination airport:Yacht M/Y Bacarella in Port of Bergen
Investigating agency: AIBN
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
The British registered helicopter with three persons on board was about to land on the helideck on a yacht, when the helicopter lost control and crashed into the sea. The helicopter was equipped with flotation gear and floated upside down in the sea. One person was seriously injured and two persons got minor injuries. The investigation revealed a lack of follow-up of the described routines for preparation for helicopter operations on board the yacht. Among other things, the helideck was not adequately prepared.

A tarpaulin covering a fuel tank on the helideck was not adequately secured. The helicopter established hover over the helideck, and stood in low hover over the deck for approx. 15 seconds. During these seconds, the tarpaulin loosened due to the downdraft from the main rotor. The helicopter was flown by a pilot who had minimal experience on the helicopter type. The person had not received any type rating in his pilot's license yet, since the skill test had occurred the day before the accident. When the tarpaulin came loose, the commander, who was a flight instructor, tried to manoeuvre the helicopter away from the tarpaulin. He was not able to do so since this happened very quickly. The damage sustained by the main rotor made the helicopter uncontrollable.

The objective of the flight was to have the helicopter on board the yacht to use for sightseeing on a cruise along the coast of Norway.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AIBN
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 8 months
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

11-May-2017 09:16 asyl Added
11-May-2017 10:30 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
11-May-2017 12:51 Iceman 29 Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Embed code, Damage]
11-May-2017 13:35 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
11-May-2017 15:02 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
12-May-2017 17:07 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
12-May-2017 21:51 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative]
06-Sep-2017 18:55 TB Updated [Time, Operator, Location]
10-May-2018 06:22 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
12-Feb-2019 09:13 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
12-Feb-2019 09:26 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code]
11-Sep-2020 17:20 harro Updated [Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Embed code, Narrative, Accident report, ]
10-May-2021 08:08 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code]

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