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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 196042
Last updated: 17 October 2021
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Time:11:56 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B JetRanger III
Owner/operator:Emerald Pacific Airlines
Registration: B-31118
MSN: 4552
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Fengbin Township, Hualien County -   Taiwan
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Temple Fah-Lin, Chishang Township
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: ASC
The helicopter, engaged in an aerial photography mission, crashed under unknown circumstances. Post-impact fire. All three occupants died in the crash.

Findings Related to Probable Causes
1. The collected evidences show that the captain encountered the following conditions: possible side effect of Chlorpheniramine, one kind of antihistamine, a minimum rest period allowed by regulations before the occurrence, high flight time, long duration of helicopter vibration, low altitude and mountainous area operation, high temperature in cockpit, which possibly caused the captain fatigued, or was in a state of reduced mental or physical performance. However no direct evidence is able to illustrate effects of the above issues that could impair captainís alertness and ability to safely operate the helicopter.
2. Weather information near crash site and flight simulation results both show that wind condition was within the operational limits; however, the actual weather condition cannot be confirmed due to fast-changing weather at the mountainous area, and simulated results were not validated with observed data.
3. Without flight information from flight recorder(s), no wreckage and powerplant examinations due to post-impact fire, flight control system and powerplant conditions cannot be determined.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ASC
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 4 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

10-Jun-2017 10:35 gerard57 Added
10-Jun-2017 10:57 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Source, Narrative]
10-Jun-2017 11:05 Iceman 29 Updated [Departure airport, Source, Embed code]
10-Jun-2017 15:59 harro Updated [Source, Embed code]
11-Jun-2017 09:34 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
31-Oct-2018 14:30 harro Updated [Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]
12-Nov-2018 20:53 Aerossurance Updated [Source]

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