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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 195311
Last updated: 18 February 2020
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Time:21:25 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS 350B3e Ecureuil
Owner/operator:HQ Aviation Ltd
Registration: G-HKCN
C/n / msn: 8219
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sandviken Bay, Bergen, Hordaland -   Norway
Phase: Landing
Nature:Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:ENBR/BGO Bergen Flesland
Destination airport:Yacht Bacarella
The helicopter that had flown from the UK via Shetland and fuelstop at Bergen airport was about to land on the yacht Bacarella when allegedly the rotor hit something, and it fell into the water.

The helicopter was equipped with flotation gear and floated up side down in the sea. A nearby SAR vessel was soon at the site and picked up the survivors. One serious injury and two minor injuries are reported.

The AIBN has received video clips of the accident taken from different positions. Among these also from a CCTV camera on the helicopter deck of the yacht. As the helicopter was coming in for landing, the yacht camera show a cover being lifted up in the air by the main rotor downdraft. It went through the main rotor disc. The cover was custom made for hiding a fuel depot newly installed on the helideck. The pilot has explained that he observed the cover moving and attempted to avoid it by initiating a climb. The cover hit the main rotor, and control over the helicopter was apparently lost. It rotated around its vertical axis while moving backwards, and struck the sea tail first.

No safety recommendation was issued in connection with this investigation.


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]

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