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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 196688
Last updated: 19 April 2018
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Date:16-JUL-2017
Time:15:43 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aerospatial AS 350B3 Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Everjets
Registration: OE-XPP
C/n / msn: 4136
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Vila Cha dam, Alijó -   Portugal
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:Vila Real Airport (LPVR)
Destination airport:Vila Real Airport (LPVR)
Investigating agency: GPIAAF Portugal
Narrative:
When approaching a reservoir to perform water replenishment for fire-fighting, the pilot had difficulties with the operation of the bambi bucket, which led to the performance of other procedures.
Some moments later, the aircraft became unstable. Despite the attempt of the pilot to recover the stabilization of the helicopter flight, it eventually rotated about the vertical axis and rotor blades touched the water. The AS 350B3 touched the ground and rolled to the right, staying immobilized on the edge of the dam.
The pilot managed to get out by himself through the left door, with no major injuries just a few scratches. He was later transported to a local hospital for a check-up and then released.

Sources:

http://www.gpiaa.gov.pt/wwwbase/wwwinclude/ficheiro.aspx?tipo=0&id=10573&ambiente=WebSiteMenu

http://www.farodevigo.es/sucesos/2017/07/16/helicoptero-cae-recogia-agua-sofocar/1717718.html
http://www.cmjornal.pt/cm-ao-minuto/detalhe/incendios-everjets-abre-inquerito-a-acidente-com-helicoptero-em-alijo?ref=portugal_destaque
http://www.cmjornal.pt/portugal/detalhe/helicoptero-de-combate-a-fogos-caiu-na-barragem-de-vila-cha-veja-na-cmtv?ref=portugal_MaisVistas
Helis.com


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
16-Jul-2017 18:34 gerard57 Added
16-Jul-2017 19:59 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
03-Jan-2018 17:47 79.31.200.228 Updated [Source, Embed code]
03-Jan-2018 17:51 harro Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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